Color scrimshaw on ancient walrus tusk ivory artifact by Gary Dorning. Generally known for his depiction of large cats and bears, Dorning has done very few exotic birds. Eagles, sure, but seldom something of this nature. Really like the way the toucans are perched on branches that seem to be extending from the edge of the ivory itself. Nice touch. This is a massive artifact, weighing almost 2 pounds and is in museum quality. It was used as a net sinker by ancient Eskimos in the northern Bering Sea area hundreds and hundreds of years past. Artifacts of this quality are seldom seen today. Mounted on a classic stand by Fredericks, this would be a fine addition to any serious scrimshaw collection. Dorning’s work always stands out.