This walrus is carved out of a nice piece of walrus ivory with inlaid baleen used for the eyes and the artist used walrus whiskers as the tusks. It is about 2.25″ tall. The piece is signed “C.R. 2022” it comes from Western Alaska.
Scrimshaw was originally carved or engraved articles made by American whalers usually from baleen or whale teeth and bone. Native Alaskans have been using bone and ivory from walrus, mammoth and other animals for thousands of years as tools, utensils, weapons, and even armor. Today Alaskan artists use these same raw materials in their carvings and other scrimshaw artwork.