Featured Scrimshaw - Walrus Tusk - E K Tiulana

Discussion in 'Tribal Art' started by KikoBlueEyes, Jan 24, 2023.

  1. KikoBlueEyes

    KikoBlueEyes Well-Known Member

    I do love scrimshaw. No way am I ever going to get my hands on an antique piece, but today this piece came up by E. K. Tiulana, who I gather was a carver from King Island. While the work on this piece is very skilled, I can't find anything about him. I see the Tiulana name on carvings. Is this Eugene? Does anyone have any ideas? It is 3 3/4 inches tall and 2 3/4 inches wide.

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    Last edited: Jan 24, 2023
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  2. all_fakes

    all_fakes Well-Known Member

    Certainly looks like walrus; the black ring might be baleen.
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  3. KikoBlueEyes

    KikoBlueEyes Well-Known Member

    Interesting. Thank you. I'll have to look up what that looks like in nature.
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    KikoBlueEyes Well-Known Member

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  5. Mark London

    Mark London Well-Known Member

    Alaska is outside my field of expertise but as has already been mentioned it is walrus ivory and baleen.
  6. KikoBlueEyes

    KikoBlueEyes Well-Known Member

    Thank you anyway. Maybe I'll try King Island.
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2023
  7. KikoBlueEyes

    KikoBlueEyes Well-Known Member

    I contacted Artic Spirit Gallery about the artist and here is what they sent me:

    "Yes we do carry artwork by Eugene Tiulana. He does sign his work E. K. Tiulana. Yes, he is from a King Island family of ivory carvers. Right now we have a few rookeries and none of his scrimshaw work. Here is a link to his information on our website: https://www.arcticspiritgallery.com/eugene-tiulana/
    I have attached a bio for you to refer to. I hope this helps. I also found this on the web: https://www.antiquers.com/threads/scrimshaw-walrus-tusk-e-k-tiulana.76104/ that may be similar to the work you have.*
    We are always updating our website so check it out!
    Arctic Spirit Gallery
    318 Mission St.
    Ketchikan, AK 99901

    *It is ironic, they found my post. The bio is below.

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