Walrus carving

Jul 25, 2021. 17:08 UTC
Walrus Carving
Katherine
Canada

Category
Sculptures

Acquired from
Other

For sale
No
Description

This walrus measures 13.25" in circumference, 13.5 inches in length, 4.5" in width, 3.5 inches in height. No sure what the stone is. Heavy. Dark stone. There appears to be perhaps a small signature mark on the bottom.

Provenance

Gift from friend in exchange for another item. Never exhibited.

Answered within about 21 hours
Jul 26, 14:08 UTC
By Delia

Fair Market Value

$400 - $600 USD

Insurance Value

$1,000 USD
What does this mean?

Hi Katherine

Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry.
I can't make out the marks either but it does not look like a signature to me.
Based on the photos and information provided, and subject to examination, this is:

An Alaskan carved soapstone and ivory walrus
Possibly Inuit, 20th Century
Depicting the body of a walrus, with inset ivory or bone tusks. Marked indistinctly underneath.
3 1/2 inches high, 13 1/2 inches long, 4 1/2 inches wide
CONDITION: appears to be in good condition.
PROVENANCE: gift from a friend
$400-600*
*represents a fair-market value for auction purposes; retail or asking price may vary.

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Katherine prophet Jul 26, 22:36 UTC

Thank you!!

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