NATIVE ALASKAN WALRUS IVORY CARVINGS




Kodiak Bear




James Aningayou bear



The Kodiak Bear (Ursus arctos middendorffi), or Alaskan Brown Bear, is the largest subspecies of the Brown Bear.  Kodiak Bears can grow to be 3.2 metres (10.5 feet) long and can weigh nearly 700 kilograms (over 1,500 lbs), and can eat just about anything in Alaska.



James Aningayou is a carver from the community of Gambell on St. Lawrence Island.  He is an accomplished carver and his bear figures are without doubt, some of the best available.  James carved this bear from a mineralized walrus jaw bone which was naturally colored by aging in the elements.  The tan color of the bear is contrasted by a white salmon in its mouth carved of walrus ivory.  What really makes this carving outstanding is James' attention to detailing in both the texture of the bear's fir and the black highlights he adds using whale baleen for the nails and the nose.




Kodiak bear:


This beautiful bear carving by is 3" tall, 1 1/4" deep, and 1" wide.


Kodiac brown bear


Kodiac brown bear


Kodiac brown bear


Kodiac brown bear


Kodiac brown bear





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Updated 2/21/08