Vintage Russian Dog Sled Team
A dog sled team carving mounted on a hard black base. The carving comes in a box with a label with Cyrillic writing, including a date of 1974. From our research, it appears that the carving was made in Russia from bone. The base is made from Ebonite or a similar dark, hard rubber material. The back of the carving is unfinished, showing the organic nature of the material, which appears to be bone.
Two caveats: we do not know if the carver was Siberian Yupik, or an indigenous person at all. We also suspect the carving was made from a template, because of the extreme evenness and symmetry of the features and details. Nevertheless, it is a very interesting and attractive carving.
8 1/2 in. long x 1 3/4 in. high; base is 5/8 in. deep, while carving is thinner.
Please note that products containing any ivory or other marine mammal components cannot be shipped to New York or California. As of this writing, it is still legal to ship these products to all other states. Click here to see a brochure published by the U.S. Department of the Interior with more details on this topic. Because of the unknown origin of the material in this carving, we will observe the laws applying to marine mammal components.