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Mammoth Ivory

Mammoth ivory used for handicraft is between 10,000 und 100,000 years old. The figures are made of ivory from the tusks of Wooly Mammoths.

During the ice ages, these big elephantlike animals roamed the Yakutia Province of Siberia in abundance. They lived and migrated in groups, favoring the cold and dry grassland and steppe south of the huge ice barriers. However, they became extinct about 10,000 years ago, probably due to a sudden change of climate, when the tem­peratures rose, the glaciers retreated, and the vegetation the mammoths lived on disappeared.

Sometimes, when a Wooly Mammoth died, its bones and occasionally its whole body was preserved in the Permafrost, the per­ma­nently frozen subsoil in Polar Regions. For centu­ries, their remains have been discovered in icy blocks of frozen mud holes, along river banks and cliffs, and in gravel pits. Today they provide scientists the opportunity to mentally travel into an era long since past.

Narrow fissures and changes of color gives mammoth ivory its characteristic appearance. Prehis­toric ivory carvings, more than 20,000 years old, allow us to understand which magic force even our ice age ancestors attributed to this precious material.

Learn more about differences between elephant ivory and mammoth ivory.