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Ivory Seal and Pup

This piece depicts a seal with a seal pup perched on top. It is a one of a kind piece carved out of subsistence-hunted walrus ivory. The flippers are carefully etched and defined. This piece has baleen inset for the seals eyes and other facial features. Baleen is the filter feeder from a whale’s mouth; the whale is another sacred animal that Inupiat people hunt for subsistence. The seal pup lifts up from the seal and that part of the seal is hollowed out creating a small bowl. Seals are often portrayed in many Alaska Native art pieces because they are important to their culture and help the communities sustain life through use of the seals meat, warm fur, and other useful products that are used everyday. Every part of the seal is used and cherished and nothing is wasted. There is a spiritual connection to this animal because the seal provides the necessities that a village needs to maintain a subsistence lifestyle. The tradition of hunting seals has been passed down through thousands of years of traditions and values that are also passed on from generations of family members. This piece is signed in blue on the bottom left side of the mama seal.
Dimensions 2.5x2x2.5 (in.)

Ivory Seal and Pup


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: Walrus Ivory, Baleen
  • Only ships within United States.
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