Elephant Ivory Carving Sell Questions

Mandy asks…

Anyone know anything about the value of Ivory?

I have (2) carved elephant tusks that were sent home from Africa during WWII. Would like to find the value of them. They are approx 2′ in length each.

Andrew answers:

Black market-


thousands- but i know that they are illegal to sell

Jane asks…


my grandma gave me an huge fully carved ivory tusk, now I dont really like it becasue I feel sorry for th elephant, but out of respect I took it, and out of respect I wont sell it, but can anyone tell me how much it may possibly be worth? its a full tusk with a carving of a geisha and some ornate details around her.
thanks so much, to anyone who can help me! :)

Andrew answers:

It would take a close up inspection by possibly an antique dealer.

Elizabeth asks…

I have a pr. of elephant tusks that I think may be turn of the century ivory.?

How can I be sure they are not actually a resin or replicas? I did a little research in yahoo and all the images I’ve seen of these type of tusks have a different theme carved into them. Mine are that of a jungle scene with all types of animals carved in them- but all the others I’ve seen are of a village type scene. Does anyone know where I can research these tusks to find out how old they are and if they are infact ivory and how much they are worth? Thanks for all your help. And hey- I didn’t kill the elephant so don’t rag on me- I dont even kill flies.

Andrew answers:

Read the article at http://home.earthlink.net/~nbrass1/scrim.htm
It refers to ivory of whales’ teeth – a tusk is made from the same material. The text (at the end) gives several tests to distinguish between real and a copy. Including the fact that If a specimen picks up fluff it is definitely a replica

Mike asks…

i have a large jug with elephants as handles and chinese pictures carved on it could be ivory bone or resin?

not sure what it is need to find out for myself as i found it in my new home over ayear ago the pictures are of a child playing with what seems to be geishas in agarden

Andrew answers:

And the question is????

Jim asks…

Will I get in trouble for having elephant tusks?

My dad was in the U.S. Navy back in the eighties and traveled all over the world. He has many souveniers… most of which I use to decorate my room. I value all of them and never plan to sell or do away with any of the objects.

However, two of the objects are ivory elephant tusks. I’m not sure which country they’re from. But they’re about nine inches long; one with a man carved into the bottom and the other with a woman carved into it.

They’re beautiful tusks. I do not support the killing of elephants for their ivory… but I can’t just toss these beautiful objects aside. I’ve heard though that it’s illegal even to own ivory tusks in the U.S. Is that true? Could I get into trouble or worse… have them confiscated?

Andrew answers:

Serious i don’t know how you can want to have the tusks in your home. Think about how they come to be there. It is not good energy! I is probably illegal, in most countries now it is. Please think about donating them to an animal/wildlife welfare org. So they can perhaps use them in a campaign. Honestly wish you well and a better life than the elephant had

Paul asks…

Who should I contact? Person ebay selling real ivory tusks!?

They say carved elephant tusks are pre ban but I dont believe. Who should I contact? Can’t they carbon date and see? Supposedly they are selling for a friend…sure they are…. I think this is definitely reportable, but I just don’t know to who? Please help me. Thx, Elephant Lover

Andrew answers:

It depends how old the ivory is whether it can be imported/sold legally in the US.
Carbon dating, however, is not a suitable method if it’s not very old.
If you think they are violating elephant protection by importing ivory illegally in the US and selling it there you could contact the US Fish and Wildlife Service.:


Joseph asks…

please help with art history questions!!!?

Which of the following describes a theory regarding why cave art was made?
A) human blow can
B) ward-off animals
C) prehistoric humans were bored
D) ensure a successful hunt
Human-animal combinations are common in relation to what?
A) women
B) men
C) aurochs
D) shamans
The Woman from Willendorf was possibly used for what purpose?
A) find food
B) ward off intruders
C) role model
D) wish for abundance
One theory proposes that cave art was made to
A) ensure food sources
B) as a defensive measure
C) to fight other clans
D) to create gods
The Lion-Man is an example of:
A) sculpture in the round
B) relief sculpture
C) an extinct animal
D) rock carving
Geometric markings and dots next to animal depictions in cave art may represent:
A) arrows or spears
B) anything but arrows or spears
C) prehistoric maps
D) more animals

Cave art is an example of art from prehistory during this era:
A) Neolithic
B) Bronze Age
C) Iron Age
D) Paleolithic
The earliest evidence for human creativity goes back to:
A) circa 100,000 years ago
B) circa 30,000 years ago
C) circa 250,000 years ago
D) circa 12,000 years ago
The Woman from Willendorf dates to approximately:
A) 20,000 years ago
B) 100,000 years ago
C) 250,000 years ago
D) 50,000 years ago
Most sculptures from the Paleolithic era represent:
A) men
B) animals
C) women
D) birds
The rounded proportions of the Woman from Willendorf support the theory that she represented a wish for abundance as well as:
A) fertility
B) power
C) land
D) caves

The Lion-Human represents a work created by an artist, not from nature but from their
A) imagination
B) clan
C) caves
D) region
An auroch is an:
A) early type of ox
B) type of horse
C) a bison
D) a type of lion
Cave art may have:
A) a magical or religious purpose
B) no purpose
C) had a family alliance purpose
D) ensured good breeding
In what country is the Lascaux cave located?
A) Spain
B) France
C) Germany
D) Ukraine

In what modern day country was the mammoth-bone house found?
A) France
B) Ukraine
C) Spain
D) Germany
Spain is the location for:
A) Altamira relief sculpture
B) The Hall of Bulls
C) The Bird-Headed Man with Bison
D) the Woman from Willendorf
Most of the cave art that has been discovered has been found in:
A) Spain and France
B) Spain and Ukraine
C) Germany and Spain
D) France and Germany
Cave artists used this is the creation of their art:
A) locally available materials
B) imported materials
C) honey
D) paper
Most examples of the red dye found in cave art come from
A) iron oxide
B) charcoal
C) flax
D) animal hides
Cave artists used this to reach the heights at which some cave art is located:
A) ivory
B) ladders
C) scaffolding
D) rocks
The Woman from Willendorf is made of:
A) limestone
B) elephant ivory
C) mammoth ivory
D) sandstone
Cave artists used lamps fueled by:
A) animal fat
B) elephant ivory
C) charcoal
D) mammoth bone
In Cave paintings often show herds of:
A) birds
B) bison
C) owls
D) foxes
In recreating the style of line associated with cave paintings, this type of guide was used:
A) the legs
B) animal carcass
C) the mouth
D) the hand

Andrew answers:

you can find your answers here: http://www.mnh.si.edu/ You may have to dig through for a bit. If I can make a suggestion that next time you break the volume of questions up a bit. Placing all 25 in one location is rather cumbersome and likely the reason that no one else answered.

All the best.

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One Response to “Elephant Ivory Carving Sell Questions”

  1. Danial
    April 30, 2013 at 8:10 am #

    Guess you are one of the lucky owner of vintage ivory.If the tusks you have are carved with African village scene you are having ivory of early 1900 probably pale yellow in color.This ivory with you was used by African locals as jewellry and a medium of barter trade with Europe to import their basic necessities as clothes and food for their villagers.It was way before any Ban as we know it today and was completely legal business.You might had someone in UN peace keeping forces during WW2 that were posted in Africa who might have bought them in the local market.My grandad was in forces and I too am the owner of such tusks.I had one tusk like yours which was 3′in length with African village art carving and did sold it to a Chinese collector for $18000.My advice to you will be not to sell it because nowadays such tusks are a museum masterpiece in London.The ivory you have is very antique and demanding and worth a lot more than you imagine and in addition if you ever plan to register it with CITES,It would be easy as a piece of cake.I regret it now for selling it.

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