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Balinese Carving in Tauga nut & Mammoth Ivory
Tauga nut comes from the phytelephas macrocarpa palm. Commonly traded as vegetable ivory, corozo or palm ivory as the warm color and hardness of the nut give it an ivory -like appearance. The nuts are indigenous to South America and imported to Bali where they are carved with dental tools.
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Double Dolphin
Tampaksiring Bali
1.25" X 1" X 1.25"

Tauga Nut Skull
1.25" X 1.25" X .75"
This style is a stock item and the variation ranges from almost anatomically correct to alien in proportion.
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tauga nut scorpion
1.75" X 1.25" X 1"
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Mammoth Ivory is a byproduct of gold placer mining in the Yukon and Alaska. The material has been imported to Bali where it is carved using dental tools. Mammoth ivory can be carved with greater detail than tauga nut or bone. It also has a subtle grain that runs through it.
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Mermaid Sculpture
Mammoth Ivory
35 grams
2.75" X 1.75" X .75"

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Buddha Head in Mammoth Ivory
Mammoth ivory has a distinctive grain and this example is gem quality.
1" X 1.5"

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Ganesha - remover of obstacles
Mammoth Ivory
mounted on hardwood stand
2.5" X 1.75" X 1.25" measured at largest dimensions
30 grams

1.5" X 1.25" X 1" bone carving


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