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


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.