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Mammoth Ivory Carvings Figurine of Japanese Samurai

Look at this mighty yet robust creation of Japanese Samurai Figurines on a Wooden platform precisely sculpted with original mammoth ivory.

Take a look at how this master artisan managed to carve this idol of a complete Japanese Samurai on this Mammoth ivory. You can see how this skillful artist created the Samurai attire like Hakama and Shtagi with all Samurai weapons like Katana, Wakizashi and much more.

In this figurine, this master artisan has used his creativity and created this Japnese Samurai in a Fighting posture facing Enemy’s Arrows. Look at the expression on Samurai’s face he is not scared of coming arrows he is angry and focused to take the revenge.

Japanese Samurai

The samurai were the warriors in feudal Japan. They began as provincial warriors during the Edo Period. It has been said that the traces of Samurai leads to their origin during the Heian Period.

Samurai clothes consist of Hakama, Shitagi, Kyahan, Tabi and Fundoshi, and their weapons consist of Katana, Bow, and Arrows, Wakizashi, Tanto etc.

During the Heian Period, the samurai was known as the warriors of Rich Landlords. During mid-12th century a very furious rivalry started between two kin to get control over the whole of Japan. After the rivalry ended Minamoto Yoshitsune became one of the Most Famous Samurai in Japanese history.

The best quality of Samurai is that they follow there rules and codes very seriously. A Samurai should possess the quality like rules are composure, bravery, fortitude, decorum, politesse, etiquette and most important is Honour and Respect. In Samurai’s culture, it has been said that a man’s reverence should inhabit in his Sword.

Some of the major achievements of Samura’s is that they built some of the most important and beautiful castles in Japan. Because of their focus and decorum, they have built castles even on the very tough surrounding. Many castles even exist today in Japan can that shows samurai’s technology and architecture.

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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