This unique extraordinarily rare maskette is made from translucent polished woolly mammoth bone with tremendous character. It has a carved hairline and incised cheeks. It is also heavily tallied marked on both inside edges. It is heavily patinated making this an extremely desirable piece. The primitive simplicity of the rudimentary facial features attest to its extreme age. It was found in Alaska as the permafrost is melting. It is 2 1/2". The piece is very solid and not fragile at all making it adaptable for modern wear. Most of the Alaskan material is utilitarian in nature. Effigies are very scarce and command high prices. I have never seen another maskette dating to this "Paleo" period. In fact, Paleo bone itself is very rare and hardly ever seen on the market. To have one made from woolly mammoth bone is an incredible find. The woolly mammoth coexisted with early humans, who used its bones and tusks for making art, tools, and dwellings, and the species was also hunted for food. It disappeared from its mainland range at the end of the Pleistocene 10,000 years ago, most likely through climate change and consequent shrinkage of its habitat, hunting by humans, or a combination of the two. I have had some of the best Eskimo pieces come and go over the years, but this one is my favorite. If you have an Eskimo bone collection, this will be your centerpiece. Another one will never come along.