Bone and Ivory

Whalebone as a carving material is very unusual, thus producing unique forms. It is washed up along the Arctic shorelines and scoured by the waves which leaches the living material from it. Often the whalebone has been lying on the sand for hundreds of years before it is picked up by people in small boats and taken back to the villages. In prehistoric times, the whalebone was used for tools. Parts of the skeleton are dense and others are porous. The combination of material surfaces allows for exciting and unique sculpture. The carvings in this exhibit were all done during the 1950’s and 1960’s and were collected by an art lover when he was working near Shepherd’s Bay in northern Canada. He returned to the United States with them in the late 1960’s. The sculpture depicts animals, spirits and includes tools from the Thule culture.
Pictured below is a sampling of our sculpture collection.
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Owl on a Perch
Owl on a Perch
Artist unknown
Area near Spence Bay ca. 1950's
whalebone
H-11 1/2" L-11"
$595
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Arctic Bird
Arctic Bird
Artist: Unknown
Arctic Canada 1960
whalebone
H-3" W-1/2"
$95 SOLD
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Rookerie
Rookerie
S. Kokuluk, Jr.
Alaksa ca. 1970's
whale tooth, whalebone
H-2 1/4" W-1 1/2"
$175
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Artifact
Artifact
A tool from the Thule Culture
found near Pangnirtung: ca.1000 AD
whalebone
H-2" L-10" W-3 1/2"
$299
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Owls
Owls
Unknown
Alaska 1980
walrus ivory H-1"
$100 SOLD
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Greenland Hunter
Greenland Hunter
Ole Kreutzman
Greenland ca. 1960's
walrus tusk H-4 3/4"
was $900 now $295
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Karoo
Owl
Josie Karoo
Spence Bay, Nunavut, Canada 1960's
caribou antler H-2" L-3"
$250
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Shaman Composition
Shaman Composition
Artist Unknown
Area near Spence Bay ca. 1950's
H-10" W-13 1/2" whalebone
$495
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Polar Bear
Robert Koruluk
Alaska
L-2 3/4"
walrus tusk
$99
Inuit Face
Inuit Face
Artist Unknown
Area near Spence Bay ca. 1950's
H-5 1/2" W-6 1/2" whalebone
$295
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Musk Ox
Musk Ox
Alvanna
Alaska ca. 1970's
H-1/2" L- 1 1/4" walrus tusk
$50 SOLD
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Beluga Whale
Beluga Whale
Load Soonagrook
Alaska 2003
H-1" L-2 1/2" whale tooth
$99
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Swan Couple
Swan Couple
Don Napowhtuk
Alaska 2003
H-3/4" L-2" whale tooth
$85
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Bird of Prey
Bird of Prey
Regilee Piungituq
Clyde River, Nunavut, Canada 1995
H-4" ivory
$95
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Sniffing the Wind
Sniffing the Wind
Mark Napowhatuk
Alaska 2002
walrus tusk H-1 1/2" L-1 3/4""
$145
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Bear Cub
Bear Cub
J.S.Pennatac
Alaska 2002
walrus tusk H-7/8" L-1 1/4"
$75
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Arctic Bird
Arctic Bird
Unknown
Alaska ca. 1960's
whale tooth H-2"
$80 SOLD
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Seal
Ivory Ring
Unknown
Alaska 1960
walrus tusk size 6
$150 SOLD
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Puffin
Puffin
Adripn Ungott
Alaska 2002
walrus tusk H-2"
$95
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Canada Goose
Canada Goose
James Aningayou
Alaska 2002
fossil walrus tusk H-2 1/2"
$140
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Story Bracelets
Story Bracelets
Albert Olanna
Shishmaretlf, Alaska 2003
walrus tusk elastic scrimshaw
brown and ivory; black and ivory H- 3/4"
$250 each
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Whalebone Figures
WHalebone Figures
Unknown
Arctic Canada ca. 1970's
whalebone H- 2 1/2", 1 1/2"
$90 Bird SOLD
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Smiling Face
Smiling Face
Unknown
Pangnirtung, Nunavut, Canada ca. 1970's
porous whalebone H-5" W-3"
$150 SOLD
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