White Baleen Basket with Whale Tail Finial

White Baleen Basket with Whale Tail Finial
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White Baleen Basket with Whale Tail Finial
white baleen, walrus ivory
3.75"h x 4"dia.
 
This finely woven baleen basket was created by award winning Aleut artist Don Johnston using only the rarer light, often called white baleen. Light baleen occurs in longitudinal striations on some of the whale's baleen plates and is separated in strips in preparation for weaving. Don also carved the classic whale tail finial from fossil walrus ivory. This basket is a rare find, a collector’s piece.

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