Description

    Narwhal Tusk
    Monodon monoceros

    The Narwhal is certainly one unusual-looking creature which tends to be recognizable because of the prominent and pronounced single tusk that protrudes from the head. The "Unicorn of the Sea" has a somewhat legendary reputation due to its odd appearance and "mystical" existence. The cetacean is closely related to the Beluga (White) Whale and, similarly, is a cold water dweller. The medium-sized tooth whale has one dominant characteristic - an elongated tooth forming an extended tusk. It was once thought the promontory was for breaking through ice, but more recent theory contends it may function as more of a sensory organ. Monodon Monoceros literally means "one tooth, one tusk" and certainly is apropos for this modern-day sea monster.

    This incredibly long example measures a whopping 91.5 inches (232.41 cm) and features a spiraled "helix" design. The tusk is a dirty white color and very impressive if only for its size and nature. The specimen here has been broken and reassembled but exhibits little or no restoration. It appears an accident resulted in the damage after the tusk was in a private collection. The elongated canine has been put back together expertly to the extent the breaks are not visible. This amazing example that demonstrates the "narwhal twist" is from a modern animal and is not a fossil specimen. This lengthy tusk was collected in 1880 and was likely originally procured by Inuits in the Arctic hunting for food.

    The piece has a sound provenance and was CITES certified. The tusk is considered an antique as it is documented to be over 100 years old. This would be a conversation starter in any setting.
    Overall Measurements: 91.5 x 2.5 x 2 inches (232.41 x 6.35 x 5.08 cm)
    Offered at no reserve.




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    June, 2016
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