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Look at this Zodiac animal sculpture, carved in mammoth ivory. This beautiful mammoth ivory sculpture has been carved in detail by the Master Carver and showcases a multitude of animals in a pyramid form. On the top are the lamb and the lion while the horse and sheep have been portrayed as if they are descending down the cliff. Below that are the bear and the dragon. Each detail has been etched with painstaking skill. Though it is just a small piece of mammoth ivory the Master Carver has managed to utilize every inch of space to craft this beautiful sculpture.

Intricately carved zodiac animals

At the bottom is a fire breathing dragon with its snake like body twisting all around the sculpture. Notice, the tiny scales that have been sculpted in perfect symmetry while the claws can be seen with ease. The fire that the dragon is breathing out has been etched perfectly giving the whole sculpture an amazing look. Don’t miss the snake winding around the pig while the muscular bull is perfectly chiseled with rippling muscles and hoof. The fire breathed out by the dragon seems to hit it in the middle.

The fangs of the snake, the whiskers of the dragon, the feathers of the rooster are all clearly visible and the waves are seen lapping around the dragons claws while the Master Carver has been able to craft the nails and the claws such that it is seen from within the frothy waves. Well-detailed curls and curves all through the sculpture ensure that the detailing becomes perfect. From slithering snake with open fangs and detailed scales on its body to the fat pig and the feathered rooster with a tiny beak, all of the twelve animals have been well-delineated while every inch of space well-utilized by the Master Carver. The complete sculpture is set upon custom carved floral edged wooden stand. The dark wooden stand compliments the white ivory sculpture.

Size: 11.02 x 3.14 x 1.37 inches

Mammoth ivory TUSKS are absolutely legal worldwide. You can read more about Mammoth Ivory in our education Center.

Want to know all about Mammoth ivory?

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.

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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.

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Fossil ivory or mammoth ivory is sensitive to surrounding temperature and harsh climatic conditions have an adverse impact. Due to its sensitivity to humidity and temperature, when it expands and contracts, it can split due to stress. We ensure that only the purest of ivory is used that is free of any imperfection after being acclimatized for a number of years above ground. To protect your ivory, it is recommended that you rub mineral oil twice a year to replenish its natural oils. Renaissance Wax can be used to give it a protective polished shine.

However, please bear in mind and do not:

Spill or put ink on ivory
Make the ivory wet
Put the ivory in direct sunlight
Let the ivory heat up or freeze
Expose the ivory to fluctuations in temperature and humidity

Basic differences between Elephant ivory and mammoth ivory

Using the angles of Schreger lines in Mammoth ivory can differentiate between elephant ivory and fossil ivory. You can see this reflected in the cross section photographs of both elephant and mammoth ivory.

Schreger lines in Elephant Ivory Schreger lines in Mammoth Ivory
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It is clearly reflected in the photos that the angle of Schreger lines on the mammoth ivory are less than 90 degrees while those on elephant ivory are more than 115 degrees. This is the best way to do differentiate between the two ivories.

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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.

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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.

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