Fine Antique Specimen of a Narwhal Tusk ‘Monodon Monoceros’

A Fine Antique Specimen of a Narwhal Tusk ‘Monodon Monoceros’
18th – early 19th Century
Size: 199cm high – 78¼ ins high
212cm high – 83½ ins high (with stand)
C.I.T.E.S article 10 certificate is available
TWO NARWHALS CURRENTLY IN STOCK
In medieval times the Narwhal was known as the 'unicorn of the sea' and remains today one of the most curious and interesting of all the toothed whales. They inhabit the Arctic seas and are often found in the company of Belugas, their closest relatives. Adult males measure from 12 to 16 feet long, the females are somewhat smaller. The adults are a pale, mottled, grey white colour, but the young are quite dark sometimes an almost shiny black.
The long spiral upper tooth juts forward 8 or 9 feet from the left side of the males upper jaw and this ivory lance like tusk was believed to be the mythical unicorn's horn and thus to have special and wonderful qualities. Indeed Alexander Woodson of Bristol, a prominent 16th century physician tested the ivory and... ‘found it soveraigne against poyson as any unicornes horne’. Narwhal tusks became precious and highly valuable commodities, the gifts of Kings and the prized possessions of royalty. In 1561 the Countess of Bath bequeathed to her daughter Dame Elizabeth Kytson ‘her caskanet of pearls, with the flower of diamonds ….. and her unicorns (horn)’.
This item is now SOLD
We are always interested in purchasing fine old examples of narwhal tusks with good provenance and known collections etc.
Any size considered
Article 10 (CITES) paperwork can be applied for on behalf of our clients (please contact for details)

Fine Antique Specimen of a Narwhal Tusk ‘Monodon Monoceros’

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+44 (0)7768 236921

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