Insightful Guide about the Good Sources of Ivory


It is a known fact that original ivories are the ones that come from the teeth of elephants and teeth and tusks of the wooly mammoth. This doesnt mean that these are the only sources of such object because this can also be acquired on the tusks and teeth of walrus, such as the Pacific Walrus, which tusks grow up to five centimeters and are elongated. Its teeth come in irregularly round form. This object can also be acquired on the beak of the Helmeted Hornbill.

Such object is a good source of artistic pieces and precious materials. This is why many people, especially the hobbyists and collectors who are getting engaged in collecting anything that is made from such. If you want to start on this, you have to make sure that you only acquire the legal types. It is a fact that hunting elephants for their tusks and teeth has already been banned since the 70s. It is now illegal to buy pieces and things that come from the tusks of the elephants that have been gathered after the ban has been imposed. You need to look for the types that come from ancient elephants or from the extinct wooly mammoth

Heres a detailed look into the other sources of this popular and most sought after object.

In the Arctic regions, people have long found out that this element can be found on walrus. The activity has been in existence since the prehistoric era. The carving and engraving of such material that is made from the tusks and teeth of walrus are common in the Inuit clans in Greenland and North America, the clans of Chukchi and Koryak that can be found around the continent of Russia. This animal is a good source of the material because the tusks of the Walrus are elongated with the average size of around 5 centimeters in length. Its teeth got the irregular round shape. The enamel on its tusk coating will wear out as the animal grows in age and in size and it will develop cracks.

This material can also be obtained from the Warthog, such as the common kinds that can be found in many parts of Africa. The size of this animal is about three to five feet and its weight can be from 100 up to about 300 pounds and beyond. This animals tusks and teeth are used to dig and also serve as their defense mechanism that helps them survive. Their upper protruding teeth can get up to about nine inches in length and the lower set is shorter.

The Helmeted Hornbill is another good source of this object. This is a large bird that flocks on the islands of Sumatra, Borneo and Malay. Carving objects that are made from this material can be rooted in the Ming Dynasty of China, the cultural artistic expressions in Japan and the carving activities in Netsuke that dates back 300 years ago.

With so many sources of ivory, you have lots of options about the materials that will help you from getting tempted in getting unlawful types.


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