Indeed, this mammoth ivory master netsuke is by far one of the most nostalgic and loving carvings in our collection. Not only is it a beautiful representation of a mother and her love for her child. But the nuances make it even more compelling and reveal a deeper message the carver is giving.

Indeed, The Most Idyllic Mammoth Ivory Master Netsuke!

In fact, in this piece the carver carves the master netsuke in such a way that even the most minute details are clear. By doing this he captivates the attention of the viewer and ensures the viewer appreciates the scene. Certainly, going as far as making it feel as though you’re in the scene with the mother and her child. Yet, keeping enough mystery around the scene that it becomes even more appealing.

Firstly, the carver takes such great effort to carve the Ya-kimono of the mother. Such as carving the detailing into the garment. Rather than simply painting those details into the Ya-kimono. Furthermore, he adds that color and contrast back into the design by creating a pattern that’s commonplace for ancient Japan. But, it’s the nuances that really capture your attention. In particular, when you look closely at the garment you’ll notice the folds, the tie in the front and how the garment creases. To illustrate his precision the carver ensures that these folds and creases coincide with how the garment’s placement on the mother as she carries her child.

Another very precise and beautiful detail is how while the piece is exquisite the carver still manages to add everyday beauty to the piece. While the piece is precise it’s practical nature is what makes it so alluring. Because instead of creating a piece that panders to the image of perfection the carver creates something more conventional. Specifically, he creates a mammoth ivory master netsuke that shows the joys and struggles of being a mother. Namely, showing her hard at work while caring for her baby. As the baskets at her side can attest to. However, the carving ends on the most idyllic note, by showing that regardless of the circumstances joy can be found anywhere.

At Last, The Perfect Mammoth Ivory Netsuke To Buy

Therefore, if you’re looking for a precise mammoth ivory master netsuke, but one that appeals to your “ordinary” side this is the netsuke to buy. Due to its different message this is a netsuke you’ll marvel over for years!

Finally, it’s time to hit buy now!

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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