This beautiful and rare fully preserved mammoth ivory tusk has been intricately carved all over by cutting into the solid ivory. This has rendered the sculpture a beautiful exterior patina that has been highlighted by a rustic finish. The complete tusk has been carved with a myriad of animals interspersed with flora of varied types. Towards the tip of the mammoth ivory you can see a giraffe, ducks, roses, roosters, owl among others in different poses. The most amazing aspect of the complete mammoth ivory carving is the fact that each detail has been hewed in complete detail with no wastage of space. Yet the design and portrayal of the different animals is cohesive in pattern and style. It isn’t a random depiction of jungle scene but well-planned and articulated in ivory.
Notice the plethora of rhinos and elephants at the other end of the tusk. See the texture of the skin. No detail has been omitted by the artist and has been carefully etched in the ivory. Look at the crooked tree in the background, with a multitude of leaves individually carved. See the difference in the skin textures of the elephant and the rhinos, as if it is genuine and real, not a carved animal. In the middle of the tusk are giraffes, goats, ibis, Bears, boars, rabbits, bison, monkeys and tigers. Notice the elephants, tearing away the plants. Each detail of the plant is carved exquisitely. See the dull stripes on the tiger.
Notice the Master Carver’s signature at the broad end of the tusk. The wooden sheen of the exterior ivory is due to the minerals of the permafrost that the ivory absorbed over the centuries. It lends highlight to the milky white ivory. Set upon a beautifully carved wooden pedestal, the mammoth ivory tusk looks magnificent specimen of chiseled and engraved tusk.
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