The mammoth ivory masterpiece carvings of ducks family have been done by Master Carver. Look at the delicately crafted feathers on the ducks. One of the ducks that are placed on the left has half-opened wings while the other duck has closed wings but the intricate detailing is perfectly done. The curve of the duck’s neck, the shape, and pose of the wings is natural as if Master Carver was able to capture the real duck’s scene and portray it into ivory.
Notice the lotus leaves, the small and large sized lotuses as they float over the rippling waves. Master Carver has utilized the wooden base as part of the sculpture and the water has been carved poignantly. Look at the wooden waves lapping against the ducklings, the textured wooden patterns give it a rippling and wave effects. Notice the four ducklings and how they seem to float between the two bigger ducks. One of the ducklings has some plant within its beak. And there are two others that seem to show interest in the aquatic plants as they float by.
Master Carver has not only skillfully carved each of the ducks family but was able to put together the complete scene at a pond. Look closely on how carefully and delicately the artist has managed to carve solid ivory duck family. The tongue of the large ducks can be seen clearly while the gentle curve of the beak, nostrils and the long neck is amazingly creatively sculpted. Don’t miss the details on the plants and leaves that seem to be in the water. A part of the ducks family sculpture, the wooden base is carved suck that it seems like flowing water in which the ducks family frolic. Carved from teakwood, it lends support and adds to the charm of the beautiful ivory sculpture.
Mammoth ivory TUSKS are absolutely legal worldwide. You can read more about Mammoth Ivory in our education Center.
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Fossil ivory or mammoth ivory tusk is procured from the modified two upper incisors of the Woolly mammoth. This fossil ivory or Mastodon ivory is harvested from the fossilized remains of the wooly mammoths (Mammuthus primigenius) that have been extinct since the last 10,000 years. The remains of these huge animals are found in Siberia, Alaska and other regions of Russia. The fossilized ivory is a precious commodity which is extracted from the permafrost and thus, has high antique and historical value. The Mammoth ivory is as good as elephant ivory when it comes to its quality and luster.
Wooly mammoths have been extinct for the past 10,000 years unlike Asian and African elephants so mammoth ivory is not listed in the Appendices to the CITES nor is mammoth ivory subject to control as per the listed Animals and Plants (Protection of Endangered Species) Ordinance, Cap. 187. Mammoth ivory is a precious relic of the past that has been well preserved in the coldest tundra regions of Siberia and Alaska. Thus, mammoths or Mammuthus primigenus is an extinct proboscidan and the only legal source of high grade precious ivory that can be used for carvings.
In recent years, there has been an increase in the demand of mammoth ivory which has led to an unquenchable proportion. But if you look at the current scenario, mammoth ivory is non replenishable. There are only limited mammoth ivory that can be extracted from the fossilized carcass and how long can that be done?
Most researchers have estimated about over 9 million carcasses are still buried under the deep permafrost in the Tundra regions and about the same number are available to be harvested in the higher regions in China. There is a high demand of mammoth ivory in China where not only do sculptors need this powerful medium to carve and sculpt but traditional herbal medicine practitioners require the low quality mammoth ivory chips and dust to put into traditional medicines.
After the banning of elephant ivory in 1999, fossil ivory became much in demand as an alternative medium to elephant ivory. However, there is another aspect of paleontologists and archeologists to harvesting ivory. According to them, excavating the carcass for harvesting the tusks, which has been buried for centuries and converted into a fossil leads to damage of scientific data. But fossil ivory traders have a different view and claim that it is better to unearthed the precious material from the soil and sculpt it for people to enjoy the beauty of ageless ivory.
Mammoth carcasses have been found mostly in Alaska and Siberia under the deep permafrost. In Alaska and Siberia, the constant ongoing tussle between the archeologists and mammoth ivory traders continues with the increase in demand of mammoth ivory as it is the only legal ivory that is used to create some of the most beautiful sculptures.
Even after there are enforced laws that protect Alaska’s ancient heritage and history, there are people that just don’t care. There are numerous interstate commercial traders dealing in illegal mining of whalebone, walrus ivory and mammoth tusks on public land to create jewelry, sculptures, scrimshaws and assorted art pieces.