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Polar Bear Claw with Scrimshaw | Alaskan Ivory Carving

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This beautiful piece - Polar Bear Claw with Scrimshaw is by Miller Kungeekuk.  The image of the four walruses is very detailed and a lovely example of Kungeekuk's fine carving technique. Approx. 7" x 1.25"

POLAR BEAR CLAWS are harvested from bears taken by Inupiaq Eskimo Hunters. Unlike "head hunters", they use all the animal. It's meat is divided up in the community. The hide/teeth/claws /skull are used in artwork. Polar bears are never killed for pleasure or for a trophy. All those taken are tracked by the State gov. Inupiaq Eskimos of the North Slope are the only people in the U.S allowed to hunt the polar bear for subsistence purposes.

Miller Kingeekuk, the son of Fred Kingeekuk, comes from a long line of carvers and scrimshaw artists. Miller continues to grow as one of the talented up-and-coming artists in Northwest Alaska. His scrimshaw work shows his amazing ability to render figures and animals with detail, clarity and depth.He is from Savoonga, St. Lawrence Island, Alaska.



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