Making Friends


“Making Friends” black and white scrimshaw on rare blue mammoth ivory by David Smith. Polar bear cub wants to make friends with curious orca. The marvelous blue tones in the ivory are the result of minerals that have been absorbed into the mammoth ivory over thousands of years. Probably was some type of cobalt. Smith’s stipple style is perfect for this charming scene. The tones in the ivory convey a sense of not only extreme cold, but, also, solitude.

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