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Bear, Walking - Walrus Tusk Ivory by James Uglowook (Yupik)

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Price: $250.00
Item Number: 2017A146

Yupik carver James Uglowook is known for his depictions of polar bears, carving all of their fur and even the pads of their paws. This bear is ambling along in its search for food, hoping to encounter an unwary seal. This bear is carved from walrus tusk ivory, and you can see the different layers of the tusk on the bear's back, with inked eyes and nose. 

A variety of highly refined Native Indian Arts and Crafts express the unique cultural traditions of Native Alaskan peoples. Commonly known as "Eskimo", the Yupik and Inupiat people of Northern Alaska have been subsistence hunters relying on local species for thousands of years. These local animals provide the materials from which are fashioned exceptional works of art. The tusks of the Pacific walrus provide ivory which carvers transform into amazingly realistic images of animals. Walrus, seal, polar bears and arctic whales are favorite subjects, but we also see birds, otters, woolly mammoth, wolf, moose and many others. Hunters waiting at seal breathing holes and whaling from kayaks are also depicted in ivory. Old pieces of whalebone collected from shorelines are also used by carvers, often for larger scale pieces. To learn more about Arts of Alaska, click here.

Height: 1.25", Length: 2.75", Width: 1 3/8"