Walrus Ivory Tusks Carved Bear & Eagle w/Prey Salt & Pepper Shaker Set
A lovely set of carved walrus ivory tusks salt and pepper shaker set attributed to an unknown Inuit carver of Alaska, circa 1930’s – 1950’s. Shakers are carved in the form of bears with an eagle on the top of each bear head with unique removable twist off bottom caps. The bears’ claws are evident with black paint; the mouths are open showing teeth, gums and tongues painted in red. The eyes are small painted black circles and the nose is black paint. The ears are also evident. The eagles are in good form and the carving is evident with the talons. The bottom back of the shakers (behind the bears) are small preys.
Inuit people utilized simple everyday objects to create beautiful art. In regard to carved objects, many of the Inuit are pieces were depicted to show day to day activities that the Inuit were involved in, such as hunting, since the materials were made from common things that could be found within the communities. By 1920, trade art (which was largely made out of ivory or bone) had been carved. By World War Two, “toy-like representations” became increasingly oriented to the white man’s tastes and uses.
Condition Report: Very good condition with normal wear (consistent with age) including shreger lines and discoloring from use and handling over the years with the salt shaker having the most discoloration
Measurements: 2.5″ H x 1.25″ D x 2.25 W (widest point)