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Rich orange/brown patina
Circa 100 – 300 A.D
Size: 18cm high, 6.5cm wide, 3.5cm deep – 7 ins high, 2½ ins wide, 1½ ins deep
See Finch and Co catalogue no. 7, item no. 67, for an ancient Okvik anthropomorphic toggle
cf page 65, Ancient Eskimo Ivories of the Bering Strait by Allen Wardwell, 1986
In the Arctic, driftwood was a rare commodity with walrus ivory much more readily available to use to carve objects and hunting implements. Of all the animals that exist in the Arctic none has been more important to human survival than the walrus. Every part of its body was used to manufacture a wide variety of essentials for everyday Eskimo existence. It provided food, the blubber was used for oil for cooking, heating and lighting. The skin was used for clothing, making kayaks and the roofs of houses. The sinew and guts provided cords and lines and the bone and ivory was fashioned into tools and art objects.
Overtime once the object has been buried in the permafrost, walrus ivory, unlike wood, remains preserved and provides a great source of evidence for past Eskimo cultures.