6 The Tusk Art

The Tusk Art

Posted on October 30, 2008 by

Russian mamoth's tusks used for art 1

Mammoths are already dead for centuries, and most of their remains are being found in the deep frozen soil of Siberian regions. Just some of them are used for scientific research, thousands more are being used by locals for carving. The whole carving art has been formed for many years of finding those mammoth remains. They don’t have ivory but plenty of this prehistoric material so it has become good substitute for the carving craft.

Russian mamoth's tusks used for art 2

Russian mamoth's tusks used for art 3


6 Responses to “The Tusk Art”

  1. Norway=) says:


    Amazing work! I wonder how they do the big pieces. They must “glue” different parts together

  2. Julian says:

    Very beautiful indeed – but I’d prefer the mammoth tusks (and the rest of their skeletons) to be left alone, maybe put on exhibition (yes, I know that there are thousands). After all, they’ve been extinct for thousands of years. Not even Christianity is old enough to justify carving its symbols into their tusks.

  3. Simon says:

    Amen to that!

  4. chris says:

    ive also heard of Russians making soup out of the better preserved ones. i used to know a poem about that, but i cant remember it.

    but i like the art. we have so many on exhibit, that there is not shortage of bodies for scientific and museum purposes, so i think its fine.

  5. cj: Oregonian says:

    Wonderful carvings!

  6. Dawna says:

    Beautiful work.

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