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How common is Wooly Mammoth ivory, and how much does it cost?

Asked by deepseas72 (1076points) September 21st, 2008

On Ebay, there are a lot of netsuke carved from mammoth ivory. The ivory is bought from Russia. Is there a large amount of this ivory being excavated? Is it not rare? Do they regulate the sale of it?

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JackAdams's avatar

There is a Wooly Mammoth Ivory website that may supply answers to your questions.

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Comedian's avatar

Um…I thought mammoths were extinct

gailcalled's avatar

LATE PLEISTOCENE: 150,000 – 10,000 years ago.I would check the source carefully, unless the seller is Ray Ramano.

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syz's avatar

oh, jeez, that actually took me a moment to figure out, gail

cheebdragon's avatar

Its a lot more common than you would think. Mammoth ivory is legal, and elephant ivory is illegal….

deepseas72's avatar

Check it out, Gail. It’s really out there. Kind of interesting to own a piece too.

gailcalled's avatar

@deep; I saw the source and was troubled. Why make stuff out of Mammoth ivory? It seems ridiculous, given the issues of the day. Just drill holes in 20 sea shells and thread them. It is like the old need to have real egret plumes or tortoise shell frivolities.

cheebdragon's avatar

gail, they use mammoth ivory because it’s legal. They have been dead for thousands of years, so using their ivory is not endangering the species in anyway.

gailcalled's avatar

But wouldn’t there be a finite amount left? I know that it is legal, but it seems an odd and arbitrary decision, like making necklaces out of dinosaur vertebrae.

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