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"Copper Woman" by Alaska Native artist Clarissa Hudson      

Copyright 2003
Sealaska Heritage Institute
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Ivory & Fossil Bone Carvings

   
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"Fossilized Walrus Oosik"
Custom-carved, fossilized walrus oosik (walrus penis bone). Oosiks symbolize fertility and were traditionally given to couples as gifts to promote fertility. Oosiks also were used as hunting clubs. Piece includes baleen and walrus ivory caps. Carved cap depicts walrus head with baleen eyes. Oosik comes with detachable base, which is made of black walnut with mastodon ivory props. 11.5 inches X 2 inches.  By Donald Gregory (Héendeí). $465.00. (#1057)

"Large Fossilized Walrus Oosik"
Large custom-carved, fossilized walrus oosik (walrus penis bone). Oosiks symbolize fertility and were traditionally given to couples as gifts to promote fertility. Oosiks also were used as hunting clubs. Piece includes baleen and walrus ivory caps. Carved cap depicts walrus head with baleen eyes. Oosik comes with detachable base, which is made of dark hardwood with white ivory props. 17.5 inches X 3 inches.  By Donald Gregory (Héendeí). $750.00. Sold. (#1059)

 

"Large Ivory Bilikin"
Bilikin carved from an extra-large sperm whale tooth – one of the largest known to exist in Alaska. This piece is one-of a kind because of the rarity of sperm whale teeth of this size. Bilikins are Alaska good luck charms commonly carved by Eskimos. Mounted on removable black walnut stand.  Approximately 8 inches tall X 2.50 inches wide. 1 lb 3 ounces. By Donald Gregory (Héendeí). $1,525.00. (#1075)

“Small Ivory Bilikin”
Bilikin carved from a sperm whale tooth. Bilikins are Alaska good luck charms commonly carved by Eskimos.  Carved with a level base to sit upright on any flat surface. Approximately 4.25 inches tall X 1 inch wide. 3.2 ounces.
By Donald Gregory (Héendeí). $350.00. (#1076)

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