This walrus hunter spirit mask is carved out of a piece of bone and features a hunter face and tusks made of walrus ivory and whale baleen used for the eyes. It is about 3.5″ tall. The piece is signed “C.S. 2021” and 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.