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Lot 0113A
Arctic shores, ca. 5000 years ago. The walrus is an iconic Arctic animal, famous for having the largest baculum (known to native peoples in the Arctic as an "oosik") of all animals. This example presents a rich, deep brown hue, with the bone structure clear at the widest part of the bone. Comes with custom stand. Size: 1.6" W x 13.3" H (4.1 cm x 33.8 cm); height on stand: 16.1" H (40.9 cm).

The baculum is a bone found in the penis of many placental mammals, including some primates, which aids in maintaining erectness during sexual reproduction. Fossilized bacula, which can be as long as 2' (60 cm), are often polished and used as clubs by native Alaskan cultures - they take these from sea lions, seals, polar bears, and, like this one, walruses. This is a beautiful example.

Provenance: Ex-Vaught Collection, Atlanta, GA

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Bone is smooth from polishing; fossilization process is not quite complete and the bone has not fully turned to mineral.

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Partially Fossilized Walrus Baculum (Oosik)

Estimate $500 - $700Mar 2, 2017
686 S. Taylor Avenue Suite 106
Louisville, CO 80027
United States
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