14 • A Twisted Silver-Capped Section of a Narwhal Tusk

14 • A Twisted Silver-Capped Section of a Narwhal Tusk

Arctic Ocean; 1526–1698
42 cm long

One of the most alluring characteristics of narwhal tusks is their twists. Those on this section are exceptionally pronounced, accounting for why it was once valued so highly as to be adorned in silver by one of its previous owners.

A radiocarbon dating report is available