Mystical Swan Family
“Mystical Swan Family” color scrimshaw on ancient walrus tusk ivory artifact by Mary Byrne. One of the most talented of all the contemporary West Coast scrimshanders, Byrne’s work is rarely seen and is prized by astute collectors. This is classic Byrne, not only in subject matter, but, also in composition. The ominous dark water’s surface is broken by the female swan and her cignets revealing shades of bright blue underneath the dark surface. Love the tones in the dominate male’s wings. Ivory was used as an ice axe by ancient people hundreds of years ago. From the collection of one of our long time clients who is no longer with us. Great piece at 1980s prices.