An Inuit walrus tusk or morse rough carving of a polar bear measuring approximately 3in across from the bear's tail to its snout, and standing about 1.625in high to the top of its head.
The ivory shows only a few of the longtitudinal cracks which are typical of the substance and is otherwise structurally sound.
The bear has two inset eyes (possibly coloured tusk). Weighs almost 45g.
The exact age of the piece is not known but it is believed to date from the early part, or turn of, last century.
NOTE: Walrus tusk ivory has been commercially carved by the indigenous people of the Arctic, including the Inuit, Inupiaq and Yupik of Greenland. Walrus tusks can attain up to 1m in length. Because of the nature of this material, it is only available for sale within the UK.
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