Pair of vases

Artist: Nikolai Stepanovich Vereshchagin (ca. 1795–1813)

Date: ca. 1795–1800

Culture: Russian, Archangelsk

Medium: Walrus and elephant ivory

Dimensions: 8 5/8 × 3 × 3 in. (21.9 × 7.6 × 7.6 cm)

Classification: Natural Substances-Ivory

Credit Line: Purchase, Friends of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Gifts, 1998

Accession Number: 1998.13.1, .2

Description

The indigenous art of Russian bone carving is inseparably linked with the whaling port of Archangielsk. Similar vases were created by Vereshchagin, the most recognized bone carver in late eighteenth-century Russia, for the imperial court in Saint Petersburg and were selected as ambassadorial gifts to promote Russian decorative arts abroad.

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