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Walrus Jawbone Sea Eagle by Eskimo Carver Glen Ozevaseuk


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by Glen Ozevaseuk of St. Lawrence Island, North Bering Sea
Authentic Alaska Native Eskimo handicraft. It was carved and significantly transformed from marine mammal walrus jawbone into Authentic Alaska Native Eskimo handicraft and signed by Alaska Native Yup'ik Eskimo artist Glen Ozevaseuk.
This beautiful Sea Eagle was carved from walrus jawbone by Glen Ozevaseuk of Gambell, Alaska, a small Siberian Yup'ik Eskimo village of about 700 people on St. Lawrence Island, just south of the Bering Straits. Their language is spoken on both the U.S. and Russian side of the straits. It's about 140 miles off shore from Nome Alaska, and about 40 miles from Russia. On a clear day (which is rare) you can see the mountains of Siberia. One of the most remote areas of the U.S.
Glen has carved for many years and is a master carver. He carves from ivory tusks of walrus, walrus bone and whalebone, and trims them with baleen from Bowhead whales.
Sea Eagle or "Qawaagpak" in the Siberian Yup'ik language. This beautiful carved Sea Eagle is a fine example of Native Alaskan Yup'ik art. It was carved from a walrus jawbone which was buried for centuries and took on a rich tan patina. It was found in the old village of Gambell on St. Lawrence Island. The jawbone is very dense and makes a nice medium for carving . The eyes are a double inlay of baleen and walrus ivory.

Eagles and birds were spirit helpers, summoned by the shamans to bring gifts of the spirit. The presence of a bird during a ritual ceremony was considered a good sign. Frequently birds were carved from ivory into amulets and adorned the shamans who summoned the spirits. Their brightly colored feathers also adorn clothing and were a source of food in the early spring.

Care of bone includes avoiding hot dry locations, such as direct sun in a window or a heat register. Give it an occasional very light coating of baby oil or mineral oil, put it on a cloth first; avoid acid based oil such as lemon oil. Remember, our pet dogs, cats and birds really like bone!
Glen signed his first initial and last name on the bottom. The carving measures 4 inches high, 3 1/4 inches long and 1 7/8 inches thick.
This a very nice piece carved from old walrus jawbone. It would make a great gift or a great surprise from Alaska and a nice addition to a collection, a unique item from a very remote area of the world.
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