Fanciful Eskimo Scrimshawed Walrus Tusk
L. 23 1/2"
This wild tusk has scrimshaw in both the tight dark early style of scrimshaw with village scenes with stick figures, as often seen on bow drills, and a looser style with large fanciful animal heads, probably just polar bears, many with visible teeth. One scene has a umiak with a sail mast floating into the open mouth of a very large head. Another has a fish swimming into the open mouth of the head of a seal with a polar bear's head with open mouth behind it. This piece has a lot going on.