From hand crated Chinese dragons and zodiac animals to the 18 Lohans, Three Star Gods and the Foo dogs, Feng Shui symbolism is deeply rooted in the objects that artists carve in mammoth ivory. And Feng Shui is about balance and Chi energy movements, which flow through the body and all over the Universe. Harmony and positive flow of energy in your immediate environment enhances your well-being and positivity. Today people are accepting the age-old traditions and like to have beautifully carved sculptures of the different symbols of Feng Shui dotting the offices and home to bring in prosperity, peace and harmony.
The luster, purity of organic mammoth ivory cannot be seen in any other material and given the limited resources available, mammoth ivory, the only legal ivory in the world is getting more expensive by the day. With a host of high-quality mammoth tusk ivory artifacts and Feng Shui products being carved by the artists of high caliber, the demand has risen in the last few years. Most of the artists located in Hong Kong and China, Feng Shui are close to their beliefs. From delicate Three Star Gods to zodiac animals, the sculptures range from mammoth ivory netsuke to large scale full tusks carved with the Feng Shui symbolism. If you are looking for aesthetically pleasing carvings and sculptures in legal ivory, check out the range of unique handcrafted mammoth tusk ivory pieces at http://www.mammothivory.info
Even though the elephant ivory trade was completely banned in 1989 due to the drastic decline of the elephants all over the world, the demand for ivory art remained. Today the collectors and patrons of ivory have their fill of the artistic delights, with the prized antique mammoth tusk ivory.
The extinct wooly mammoths perished completely at the end of the ice age nearly 10,000- 12,000 years ago, but the rich fossils have yielded huge ivory tusks that are completely legal for sale, as the animal is extinct. The connotation of uber-affluence and classic aristocracy remains with ivory and refuses to end the allure of the limited, yet prized material.
Difference in elephant ivory and fossil ivory
The most unique aspect about mammoth ivory is that it is extremely similar in color and textures to elephant ivory yet their remains a major difference. Ivory is enamel and both the ivories carry an inherent pattern which is easily recognized, if you have details. Mammoth ivory has criss-cross V-shaped fine patterns while elephant ivory has more concentric circle patterns. This is visible to naked eye or you can use a hand-lends to notice the patterns which are visible on the bottom or on areas with no carving.
Though mammoth ivory has been used for centuries by the native Eskimos in the arctic regions, it came into focus worldwide as fossil ivory after the ban on elephant ivory. Though in the rarest of rare finds, male tusks have grown to 16 feet but most of the pieces and complete tusks, range in length from 5 ft to 8 ft, though longer tusks have been excavated. This leaves quite a lot of material to work with. Complete tusks have been intricately carved, becoming impressive art pieces commanding prices in several thousands of dollars. It is the rarity and limited supply of fossil ivory combined with exquisite carvings and sculpture that makes it so prized and unique.
Hues and colors of ivory
Another unique aspect of mammoth ivory that differentiates it from elephant ivory is the color scales found in fossil ivory. Due to being buried under the permafrost for eons, the organic enamel in the mammoth tusks absorbed the surrounding soil minerals, giving the milky white ivory hues of blues and browns. Apart from carved pieces of ivory, raw ivory is also available for sale, mounted on wooden stands or just as pieces.
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