Ivory by Cha

Alaskan ivory carver Cha is famous for her carved ivory wearable art such as ‘Sitka roses, ‘ ‘tooth-faces‘ and ‘Alaskan cameos.’ She worked in rare and exotic materials such as fossilized walrus tusks, teeth and prehistoric bones from extinct animals such as the wooly mammoth, saber-tooth tiger, cave bear and super bison since1974. The bones range in age from 5, 000 to hundreds of thousands of years old. It takes considerable muscle to carve this dense ancient bone and ivory, but you would never know it in Cha’s finished pieces. Delicate lines and a silken polish communicate subtle sentiments, whether they appear as owls, hearts embellished with gold nuggets, Eskimo Angels or necklaces of whales.

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