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Mastodon Tusk

Mastodon Tusk

Treasure Island, Las Vegas

This tusk from an extinct mammoth was unearthed in China sometime after the rule of the Great Khan. For over a century, artists labored to create a lively and complex scene with hundreds of individual carvings. If straightened, the tusk would be over four feet long. It is carved on more than 80% of its length and throughout most of its radius.

This is one of the two tusks on display at Treasure Island. One has a palace theme, the other, military.

Nikon D2Xs ,Sigma f/2.8 14mm
1/100s f/2.8 at 14.0mm iso640 hide exif
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Date/Time18-Dec-2009 17:56:15
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Focal Length14 mm
Exposure Time1/100 sec
ISO Equivalent640
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Exposure Programmanual (1)
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Dirck Brinckerhoff29-Dec-2009 06:34
Well done given the constraints. Something done by three generations of meticulous hands lit by oil lamps just doesn't seem to belong in a place with so many sweaty palms in a neon dusk.
Olivia29-Dec-2009 04:01
Amazing piece of craftmanship. I bet this tusk is big?
fotabug28-Dec-2009 05:03
Amazing work. Impressive tusk
Paul Milholland27-Dec-2009 22:00
Absolutely amazing artwork. Can't even begin to comprehend the patience that took.
Roger Bailey27-Dec-2009 11:46
An outstanding piece of work.
Steve Thuman27-Dec-2009 05:39
That's an amazing piece! Imagine how long it must have taken to carve it!
Jack Hoying27-Dec-2009 04:33
Amazing workmanship