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How Big Are Mammoth Ivory Tusks Actually?

May 13, 2008
The extinct woolly mammoth of the Alaskan and Siberian areas have long been gone. Although, there is currently the beliefs of strong ivory harvesting to be around for quite awhile, it would be fool hardy to think that mammoth ivory is continuously limitless. The male tusks are slightly larger in size, length and weight than the female tusks, but the female still has a lot to offer in how much exquisite artworks can be crafted from the mammoth female ivory.

The extinct woolly mammoth of the Alaskan and Siberian areas have long been gone. Gone for at least 10,000 years now, but their very well preserved remains have started currently a huge trade and collector's market of the captivating artworks of mammoth ivory. Due to the cold and iced over areas where the woolly mammoth is known to have roamed, continues to be excavated for ivory to be hand crafted into a numerous variety of useful and artistically collectibles, alike.

With every one ton to two tons, the yearly rounds of legal excavated mammoth ivory, there is currently a good size of amounts to go around, if you have the money to fork out for your purchasing. Although these yearly harvest collections don't include the archaeological woolly mammoth excavations specifically for educational studies, the sizes of harvests are so far, quite good, but still very expensive within the overall excavation costs. Just as anything else, the prices do trickle down the exclusively trained hand-crafted ivory artists, to those that purchase for collections and even usage.

Although, there is currently the beliefs of strong ivory harvesting to be around for quite awhile, it would be fool hardy to think that mammoth ivory is continuously limitless. Just as most all natural resources, there will eventually be an end to the mammoth ivory supply, because there were only a numbered amount that were even around. There is too, the fact that there very well have been a good many of the mammoth ivory supply used for centuries of past humans carving the mammoth ivory of their time period, for their own personal uses of the day. We know that this is a fact for the many ivory sculptures, jewelry, along with quite a few other artistically hand-crafted pieces discovered by past and current archaeologists.

One of the largest set of mammoth tusks that have been excavated so far, were approximately 16 feet in length. The Baby mammoth tusks are the rarest finds, but if you are an excavator looking to make a good profit over the excavation costs, the more common finds of the completely grown mammoths would bring more in ivory amounts and sizes. The male tusks are slightly larger in size, length and weight than the female tusks, but the female still has a lot to offer in how much exquisite artworks can be crafted from the mammoth female ivory.

Anita Satin Choudhary writes for Ivory and Art Gallery. Browse the gallery for unique collection of artifacts ranging from Mammoth Ivory Tusks to Silver Art and Netsuke.
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Anita Satin Choudhary writes for Ivory and Art Gallery. Browse the gallery for unique collection of artifacts ranging from Mammoth Ivory Tusks to Silver Art and Netsuke.
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