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Carving - Mask Tree - Ivory, Whale Bone, Baleen & Feathers by Tom Tiulana (Inupiat)

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Price: $295.00
Item Number: INI000633
Inupiat artist Tom Tiulana has created this tree mask using walrus tusk ivory for the faces, feahters and fur surrounding the faces, baleen for the stand, and fossilized whale bone for the base.

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.

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Height: 6.5", Width: 4.5"