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    Woolly Mammoth Tusk
    Mammuthus primigenius
    Pleistocene
    Alaska

    Superlative terms are much too often overused when describing specimens, but this larger and top quality fossilized Mammoth Tusk is a truly spectacular example. The tusk was discovered outside of Fairbanks, Alaska by a miner who was working a Gold Mine. Most tusks found associated with Gold Mines are very fragile, but this significant piece is as sturdy as it is impressive. The polished tusk has been fossilized by the mineral Vivianite giving it a rich overall blue coloration from root to tip. Earth tones of cream, tan and brown round out the patterned smooth surface of the tusk which measures 51.5 inches (130 cm) from root to tip which is, of course, a deceptive figure since the long tusk has a pronounced and continuous curvature resulting in the actual length of the tusk (on the curve) being much longer than the root-to-tip measurement. Along the curve, the fantastic specimen is about 89 inches (226 cm) - nearly 7.5 feet! This is a major impact piece with unlimited decorative appeal, but there is no doubt this is, without question, museum quality. The specimen comes with a custom base which displays the tusk in a primarily vertical fashion for maximum effect. The large and curvaceous, brilliantly colored and patterned tusk will be the focal point of any room where it would be displayed.
    Base measurements: 34.64 x 9.05 x 15.74 inches (88 x 23 x 40 cm)

    Disclaimer: The sale or offer to sell, trade, barter, purchase, and transport of fossilized ivory, including that from Mammoths, is currently banned or restricted in four US states. If you are a resident of New York, New Jersey, California, or Hawaii, you may not bid on a lot with fossilized ivory, including that from Mammoths. If you attempt to bid, your bid shall be cancelled and there shall be no sale. Legislation is constantly subject to change, and it is possible that other states may be added to the list at any time based on the passage of laws. Further, depending on the specific regulations, there might be restrictions or prohibitions on buying, selling, owning, transporting, and shipping ivory, including material from ancient animals such as Mammoths.


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    Auction Dates
    November, 2017
    4th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
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