Check out this fossilized ivory that features an eagle flying with a fish caught in its mouth! The ivory with the stand is about 3″ tall. The stand is 3″ x 1.5″. The fossilized ivory is etched with an eagle flying with a fish using the traditional art form called scrimshaw. This piece is made using the cross-section of a walrus tusk.
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.