Fossilized Ivory Sailing Ship

Fossilized Ivory Sailing Ship


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Check out this fossilized ivory that features a sailing ship in the ocean! The ivory with the stand is about 11″ tall. The diameter of the stand is 3.75″. The fossilized ivory is etched with a sailing ship using the traditional art form called scrimshaw. This piece is made using the end of a walrus tusk that was found in the tundra.

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.

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