Walrus Mandible (Jawbone) Sculptures

MANDIBLE is jaw bone and in this case specifically from walrus bone which is two to six hundred years old. The bone is very dense, harder and heavier than ivory by volume. Its color is a warm beige or tan at a hundred years of age and becomes nearly black at six hundred.

Because of the shape of a jaw most of my sculptures tend to the long, slender species of animal- whales, seal, fish and similar compositions. Because mandible is larger than a walrus tusk in girth, it is possible to scale up many of my sculptures. It is possible for example, to sculpt five, nine inch long whales and place them in composition attached to large ancient walrus or dinosaur bone for a very striking art piece.

With the warm coloration of old mandible it works well to incorporate ivory or a similar material to play off the colors against each other.

Good mandible sculptures are relatively scarce in that the artist will expend greater effort creating a piece in dense mandible than would be required for the same piece executed in ivory. The finished product however would command less a price because the one was executed in ivory whereas the other was done in bone. Quality carvers are reluctant to work this media for this reason. I continue to produce work in mandible because of its rich color and the ability to size up. I rely then on a discriminating buyer to appreciate the skill level and his desire to own a unique art form.

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  Whale and baby swimming

4” mother and 2” baby:$300

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5” mother and 3” baby:$490

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8-9” mother with a 4” baby:$900   Add to Cart  

  Whale and nursing baby

4” mother and 2” baby:$300

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5” mother and 3” baby:$490

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8-9” mother and 4” baby: $900   Add to Cart

  “First Breath” mother whale pushing baby to the surface for the first breath of air.

4” mother and 2” baby:$300

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5” mother and 3” baby:$490

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  “First Breath” mother whale pushing baby to the surface for the first breath of air.    8-9” mother and 4” baby:$900  Add to Cart
  Bowhead whale and a pair of belugas, 4 ½” bowhead and 2 11/4” belugas. In nature the two species of whales migrate together. The darker bowhead is of jawbone and the white belugas are ivory. Base is 3X4”. $700  Add to Cart
  Whale pairs

3” plus whales: $260

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4” whales on a 3 x 4” base: $330  Add to Cart

5” whales 3 x 5 x 7”: $650

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9” whales, 6 x 11 x 11”: $1200  Add to Cart

  Narwhale pair with walrus whisker tusks

3” whales: $260

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Solo orca: $180  Add to Cart

5” orca: $320  Add to Cart

 

Single whales of any species, also seal and otter

3 ½” single whale, seal, or otter: $120  Add to Cart

4” single whale, seal, or otter on a 2 ½ x 3 ¼” base: $170  Add to Cart

5” single whale, seal, or otter: $250  Add to Cart

9” single whale, seal, or otter: $600  Add to Cart

 

Solo narwhale

4" narwhale: $190

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5” narwhale: $250

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  Whale adult family of three

3” adults: $380  Add to Cart

4” adults: $550  Add to Cart

5-6” adults (overall 5x9x9”): $850  Add to Cart

9” adults: $1800

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  Whale family of five

3 ½” figures: $700
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4” figures: $900  Add to Cart

5-6” figures: (10x9x7”) $1450  Add to Cart

9” figures: $3100
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  “Buddies” Whale and a pair of sea lions

5 ½” whale and 3 ½” sea lions (5 x 7 x 7”): $700
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9” whale and 3 ½” sea lions: $900  Add to Cart

 Back to top Orca chasing a sea lion 5” killer whale and 2” sea lion: $450  Add to Cart
  Pair of 3 ½” sealion playing with an ivory fishing float 3 x 4 x 5”; $450
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  Pair of sealion chasing an ivory salmon

5” sealion
4 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 5 ½”: $450
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Walrus with ivory tusks

4” walrus: $190
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5” walrus on a 3X4” base, $250  Add to Cart

  Dramatic sculpture of three dolphin turning tables on a 6” long shark with attached fins and opened mouth. The base is 5 1/2 x 9” with two thousand year old bison horn and skullcap accent. $950  Add to Cart
  Halibut. Halibut is 5” on a 3x4” base and accent $170  Add to Cart
  Single salmon, 5” salmon on a 2 1/2 x 3 ¼” base $140  Add to Cart
 

Salmon pair as above with larger accent

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  Salmon trio as above $420  Add to Cart
 

Pendants, mandible carvings with gold bail and chain. Available in all whales, seal, salmon, halibut, bear, otter, eagle bust, baby bird and otter.

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  Single sea lion chasing a salmon. The sealion is 5” mandible and the ivory is 1 ¾” ivory on a 3X4” base. $450  Add to Cart
  Eagle in flight, 16" wingspan, 6" x 12" x 18" mounted on a 2,000 year old bison horn  

18" wingspan: $2200
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11" wingspan: $1500
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CHICKADEE ON BRANCH  CHICKADEE ON BRANCH  5X3X5":  $260  Add to Cart
 LOON CHASING FISH  LOON CHASING FISH  4X4X8": $450   Add to Cart
 PAIR OF EAGLES IN FLIGHT Pair of eagles in flight  

16" wingspan: $4100
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11" wingspan: $2950
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