North America, Alaska, Pleistocene epoch (Ice Age), ca. 35,000 years ago. A light-and-dark-brown juvenile mammoth tusk (Mammuthus primigenius), with some streaks of grey and creamy beige coloration, as well as some streaks of dark blue-green. The same Alaskan mineral deposits that led to the gold rush of the 1890s has turned parts of this huge mammoth tusk its distinctive blue green through the process of mineralization - after the animal's death, the tusk lay in soil containing the mineral Vivianite, which occurs near mineral ores, as in gold mines. The tip is rounded and dull but would have been rather pointy while the animal was still living. The tusk base is jagged with a concave interior root area, and would have been connected to the mammoth's skull underneath layers of thick fur. While notably smaller than its adult counterparts, intact tusks from juvenile mammoths are far more uncommon. Size: 36.5" W x 21" H (92.7 cm x 53.3 cm); 24.5" H (62.2 cm) on included custom stand.
While mammoths survived until approximately 5600 years ago on remote Alaskan islands, those animals had begun to shrink in size as the climate warmed from the end of the Ice Age ca. 10,000 years ago. A tusk of this size comes from deep within the Pleistocene, when the northern hemisphere was dominated by massive ice sheets drained by enormous glacial rivers and lakes. Imagine encountering this animal on an Ice Age steppe, towering up to 13 feet at the shoulder and weighing up to 12 tons, with this tusk and its partner rising in an upward curve from their jaw. Imagine the strength the animal's neck must have had just to hold up these massive teeth, and this is only from a juvenile!
Please note that fossilized ivory tusks from any species cannot be shipped to the US States of California, Hawaii, Illinois, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, and Washington State.
Provenance: private Davis collection, Houston, Texas, USA
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Small losses to root end. Small surface cracks with expected wear, with rich dark patina throughout. The piece is polished.