Walrus Tusk

Walrus Tusk

 

an upper canine tooth of a walrus. In males, the tusks are laterally compressed and may reach a length of 72 cm and a weight of 3 kg; in females, they are shorter and more rounded in section. The walrus uses the tusks to dig for food (primarily mollusks) from the sea bottom, to lift itself up onto ice floes, and to defend itself against enemies. Walrus tusks are used for carving small sculpture, beads, brooches, knives, and similar articles; the Chukchi, Eskimo, and other peoples of the north are particularly skillful in this art.

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Under the pile, just off the road, the skeleton of a boy buried face down, a flat stone across his lower back, and to give him hope on his journey a walrus tusk, some red pigment, a flute sculpted from a bird's bone and the toggled point of a harpoon.
Made of walrus tusk ivory, the 78-piece collection has been the subject of controversy as some Scots claim the full set should be returned to Lewis.
Of all the extractive harvesting documented in the far north, including walrus tusk and beavers (of note, northern fur seals did not migrate beyond the Bering Strait and so there is only glancing coverage of them), the most riveting and seemingly consequential--which is saying a lot because the fur trade wreaked extensive havoc on existing pathways in whatever guise it took--was indeed commercial whaling.
The early piece of medieval art was carved from walrus tusk ivory in the early 11th century and would originally have been covered in gold foil and hung with precious stones or pearls.
The milder climate also allowed their open-decked wooden ships to maintain trade with Europe, exporting walrus tusk ivory and polar bear skins in exchange for both necessities (iron, lumber, tar) and luxury goods (stained glass and communion wine for their cathedral at Gardar).
Elephant tusk has a circular cone-within-cone structure, as does hippopotamus incisor, whilst walrus tusk is markedly oval.
A statuette carved from a walrus tusk is decorated with more than $3,200 worth of diamonds, amethysts, sapphires, an emerald, ruby and jade.
For questions about whale ivory and walrus tusks, you need to contact the National Marine Fisheries Service.
Carved wooden pieces are the most common, although ivory, horn, bone and walrus tusks were all used.
Pepper plays Charlie Halliday, a brash young bush pilot who is bribed with two walrus tusks to fly a sick young Inuit woman to a Yellowknife hospital.
Exploitation, primarily for the purpose of acquiring furs, walrus tusks, and women, soon destroys the initial good will between the two civilizations.
buffalo robes and headdresses from the Great Plains, historical and modern kachina dolls from the Southwest, artistic basketry from California, masks from the Northwest and carvings made of walrus tusks from the Arctic.