Baleen and Argentium Sterling Silver Basket with Whale Tail Walrus Tusk Ivory Finial
Don’s natural gifts for both carving walrus ivory and working with the challenging threads of baleen from traditionally harvested Bowhead whales has drawn the attention of collectors - and an ever-growing list of awards - for fine Alaska Native art.
Ever creative in his use of traditional and modern materials, this artist won first place at the 2020 Heard Museum Show, division B, Basketry, and the Innovation Award in Baskets. The use of tarnish resistant, highest quality sterling silver expertly presented with baleen adds an element of jewelry-like intricacy; this basket glows!
The Marine Mammal Act of 1972 requires this item to remain within the USA.
Click for information provided by the U.S. Department of the Interior and Indian Arts and Crafts Board, and information about Alaska Native Artists' traditional and contemporary use of marine animal parts, including walrus ivory.
Don Johnston, Aleut
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