Male Mute Swan


“Male Mute Swan” color scrimshaw on ancient walrus tusk ivory artifact by the late Kelly Mulford. This male mute swan is quietly resting in a tranquil area, surrounded by water and aquatic vegetation. It was named “mute” as it is less vocal than other swan species. Mulford was a master of all types of birds as can be easily seen here. Really like the way he used the natural tones in the tusk on the left side as a rock protruding from the shallow water. Beautiful. Mulford created this in 1984 and it is from the collection of one of our clients who is no longer with us. The ivory was used as an ice axe by natives in the Northern Bering Sea area hundreds of years ago. Great chance to get a first rate Mulford at 1980s prices.

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