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Seal - Fossilized Walrus Tusk Ivory by Brandon Oozeva (Yupik)

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Price: $175.00
Item Number: IN000627
Yupik carver Brandon Oozeva has carved this seal from fossilized walrus tusk ivory. The seal is perched upon a peg made of baleen and a base of walrus tusk ivory.

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 1 3/8", Length 3 5/8", Width 1"