Walrus Ivory For Sale

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Walrus tusk ivory comes from two modified upper canines. It is also known as morse.[1] The tusks of a Pacific walrus may attain a length of one meter. Walrus teeth are also commercially carved and traded. The average walrus tooth has a rounded, irregular peg shape and is approximately 5 cm in length.

The tip of a walrus tusk has an enamel coating which is worn away during the animal’s youth. Fine longitudinal cracks, which appear as radial cracks in cross-section, originate in the cementum and penetrate the dentine. These cracks can be seen throughout the length of the tusk. Whole cross-sections of walrus tusks are generally oval with widely spaced indentations. The dentine is composed of two types: primary dentine and secondary dentine (often called osteodentine). Primary dentine has a classical ivory appearance. Secondary dentine looks marble or oatmeal-like.

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Growing to as much as a meter in length in some Pacific species, the tusks of the walrus make this marine behemoth one of several animals hunted for their ivory. Since prehistoric times, walrus ivory has been collected, carved, and traded among indigenous peoples of Greenland, North America, and Russia, with two schools specifically established for the folk art of walrus ivory carving in Russia in the Middle Ages. Today, the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) restricts the international trade of walrus ivory.

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