Tupilaks have been carved for a number of years by Inuit artists in Greenland. For a period of approximately forty years, the majority of the tupilaks were carved from sperm whale ivory. In 1975 the CITES (the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species) international agreement between governments was adopted. In this agreement, the use of sperm whale ivory for carvings was banned. For a period of more than three decades, most of the tupilaks have been carved from caribou antler. Our tupilaks have been carved by Native Inuit artists in East Greenland. Most of our tupilaks have been carved from highly polished caribou antler. The tupilaks have multiple figures and exhibit very fine detail.
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