Walruses sculpture
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The State Museum of Oriental Art presents exhibition Chukotka Depicted by Chisel and Ink

On March 11, an exhibition of Chukchi bone-cutting art, Chukotka Depicted by Chisel and Ink, opened at the State Museum of Oriental Art (SMOA) to demonstrate 90 works of art: 38 walrus or whale bone sculptures, 26 walrus tusks with subject images, and 26 pictures from the storage of the Heritage of Chukotka Museum Center in Anadyr.

The intra-museum project also includes a display piece that it did not take a 10-hour flight to deliver to the SMOA.

"This is a model of a sailing schooner that scientists believe was made by Gemauge, the founder of the modern Chukchi bone-cutting industry. Currently, the sailing boat made of walrus tusk and whale bone is the property of the All-Russian Decorative Art Museum," says the SMOA website.

The sculptures on display in Moscow include works by outstanding 20th-century Chukchi cutters. Created between 1950 and 2010, they demonstrate the unique art of engraving whole walrus tusks. The pictorial works at the exhibition show the Arctic through the eyes of Moscow's Irina Levasheva, a restorer of bone artefacts, who worked there in the 2010s. Walrus tusk masterpieces she has restored are also on display.

The Chukotka Depicted by Chisel and Ink exhibition will be open to visitors until April 5, 2020.