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Seal Pair - Walrus Tusk Ivory and Whale Bone by Charles Slwooko (Yupik)

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Price: $125.00
Item Number: INI00362

Charles Slwooko’s seals are mounted on a carved whalebone base as if sunning for warmth. Worked to a smooth finish in walrus tusk ivory and inlaid baleen eyes, this pair of seals has defined fore and hind flippers as well. Yup'ik carvers like those from Alaskan villages on St. Lawrence Island carve beautiful sculptures of creatures in walrus tusk ivory collected by subsistence hunters.

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.

Length: 3.25”, Height: 1.25”, Depth: 1.75”