2 fossil whale bone masks, w/polar bear ruff
October 29, 2019
I HAVE 2 FOSSILIZED WHALE BONE MASKS FROM ST. LAWRENCE ISLAND, GAMBELL , ALASKA. A MAN AND WOMAN.THE MAN(LEFT MASK) IS 6-3/4″ HIGH, THE WOMAN MASK IS 6″ HIGH, THE BONE MEASUREMENT , BOTH WITH A POLAR BEAR RUFF, CARVED AND SIGNED BY “EVANS APATIKI , FROM ST LAWRENCE ISLAND, GAMBELL, ALASKA.
$220 APIECE, OR 420 FOR BOTH. LOCAL PICKUP OR FREE USPS PRIORITY SHIPPING IF BOTH ARE PURCHASED, IF ONLY ONE IS PURCHASED, THERE IS AN ADDITIONAL $10. SHIPPING FEE.TO USA ONLY.
***THESE MASKS MAY NOT CROSS INTERNATIONAL BORDERS!***
Whalebone comes from private lands in Alaska that are owned by Native people. The colors are contingent on the minerals that the bone absorbed over several hundred (or even thousands) years while lying on the ground or beach. Because of this, no two carvings will have the same design or color. Both Natives and non-Natives can work with these materials, but this art form has traditionally been done by Alaskan Natives for hundreds of years.
The art of carving whalebone in Eskimo culture is over 2,000 years old and was followed by ivory carvings. The carvers use very simple tools, such as files, saws and sandpaper. They also have a special process for drying and cleaning the bone.
The traditional Native carver uses the natural shape of the bone in his sculpture like his ancestors did before him. Reducing the size of the bone to make a smaller carving is considered wasteful. Fresh whalebone is never used.
Listing Type: Art
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