Indian Craft Shop Sales Logo

New Additions
Highlights
Alaskan
Basketry
Beadwork
Books
Dolls
Fetishes
Folk Art
Jewelry
Katsinas
Miniatures
Miscellaneous
Pottery
Sandpaintings
Sculpture
Weavings/Textiles

Subscribe to Email News

Bear - Walrus Tusk Ivory by James Uglwook (Yupik)

<< Previous in Alaskan Next in Alaskan >>
Price: $269.00
Item Number: INI00351

Yupik carver James Uglwook 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. It is carved from walrus tusk ivory, with baleen 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.

Height: 1", Length: 3.5", Width: 1"


 

Shopping Cart
Your cart is empty.
Search