Very Large Woolly Mammoth Tusk

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Lot 1114W
Very Large Woolly Mammoth Tusk

Sold for US$ 36,000 inc. premium

Natural History

2 Dec 2007, 11:00 PST

Los Angeles

Very Large Woolly Mammoth Tusk
Mammthus primigenius
Pleistocene
Taymyr Peninsula, Sakha (Yakutia) Republic, Northern Russia

Unsurpassed in beauty and quality, a very large, magnificently curved Woolly Mammoth tusk exhibits wonderful tonal contrast in the stunning natural patina on its polished surface. Produced by mineral seepage during its entombment in the permafrost, a pleasing coloration is one of the primary criteria in valuing tusk specimens. Woolly Mammoths are perhaps the quintessential Ice Age mammal. Using their tusks to sift the snow, foraging for vegetation, and ever alert for the presence of a predator (including man), they inhabited the frozen wastelands of the Pleistocene to the early Holocene. Approximately the size of an Asian elephant, their double coat of hair and their storage of fat provided warmth. Unlike modern elephants, the Woolly Mammoth’s ears were small (elephants use their ears to cool themselves and, as the Mammoth lived in a cold environment, large ears were unnecessary.) The males may have used their tusks for combat or competition for females. Measures 106in; Weighs 82lbs

Footnotes

  • Offered on a custom Wenge Wood base.
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