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Discussions, identification and analysis of the different types of Marine Ivory
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Postby jbjtennyo » Sat Oct 31, 2009 5:57 pm

This, I think, is a very nice example of a narwhal seal netsuke. I am pleased that the striations of the narwhal were left in tact! This way, it is unmistakably narwhal, and can never be confused with a different marine ivory. Sad that somone felt they had to put a himotoshi on it, and drilled right though his paw! Shame! Shame! But I rescued him now, and he is sitting proudly as my example of narwhal. Comments welcome. jbj


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Postby carlomagno » Wed Nov 04, 2009 1:14 am

Hi Judy If you follow the link will find two pieces, one is a walrus skull and the other one is a narwhal tooth almost two meters long

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Postby DSW90049 » Wed Nov 04, 2009 3:26 pm

More on Narwhal in the 'Various Shishi' thread on this Forum at:

"There is no shortcut to netsuke collecting; it takes time, study and patience. The market is flooded with utterly worthless rubbish. . . . "
Netsukes: Their Makers, Use and Meaning, H. Seymour Trower(1898)~~~~David

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Postby AFNetsuke » Mon Feb 27, 2012 1:14 am

Old Kappa, he seemed to think Fish and Wildlife had nothing to do with narwhal so maybe the folks at NOAA just monitor them. How could they not be on the endangered list with only about 30,000 in existence though?
Vlad, I've seen photos of groups of them thrusting tusks (left incisors) out of the water so they could be hunted but it would be like looking for a tiny tusk in a haystack.


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Postby OldKappa » Wed Feb 29, 2012 10:48 pm

All CITES - Narwhal postings have been moved here: CITES - Narwhal

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