Hunting Departure


“Hunting Departure” black and white scrimshaw on ancient walrus tusk ivory artifact by David Smith. The departing hunter wistfully glances back at his mate and child. She has a stoic look, but is apprehensive knowing the dangers of the Arctic weather. Smith’s signature stipple style of scrimshaw is perfect for this artifact. Love the detail of the icy mountains on the horizon as well as the beautifully braided hair of the woman and the contented look of the baby. Ivory used as a net sinker and fire starter hundreds of years ago. Museum quality work here, folks.

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