Central Asia, Siberia, Pliocene epoch (Ice Age), ca. 100,000 to 20,000 years old. Amazing! A stunning slender female mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius) tusk with a curved profile and a polished surface. This tusk is gorgeous and well preserved from the fossilization process, with a caramel brown and beige enamel with black striations making for some fantastic patterning! Size: 39.9" L (101.3 cm); 19.5" H (49.5 cm) on included custom stand; root to tip along curvature: 47" L x 3.2" W (121.9 cm x 8.1 cm).
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. The strength to hold up these massive tusks is impressive!
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 Hagar collection, Wildwood, Missouri, USA
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Single tusk and intact. Surface coated with a fixative. Minor cracks and scratches to fixative surface. Polished and intact.