More About Three Star Gods- Fuk, Luk and Sau

Though mammoth ivory is one of the most sought after material for affluent collections, it is impressive to see the level of artistry and creativity that the artists portray with the material. Look at this impressive and detailed sculpture of the Three Star Gods, symbolizing good fortune, longevity and prosperity. As per the Taoist traditions, the 3 gods are Fuk, Luk and Sau. Look at the wonderful carvings, the intricate detailing and beautiful delineated mammoth tusk ivory figurines. Set on wood in this particular sculpture, the teakwood with its grain adds to the beauty of the sculptures.

The raw material is mammoth tusk ivory which is harvested from the frozen skeletal remains of ancient mammoth tusk ivory that still lies buried in the permafrost of the vast, uninhibited expanses of Arctic and Siberian regions. As it is harder than fresh ivories, great care has to be taken to ensure that it is maintained at specific temperature so that it does not crack or turn brittle. Though most of the core ivory remains milky white, there maybe discoloration in places.

The Three Lucky Men or Three Star Gods signify prosperity, good fortune and long life as per Feng Shui or the ancient Taoist beliefs. As per the sources of Feng Shui, there are various legends associated with it. They represent celestial energies which are channelized through these Gods to benefit us. Fuk Luk Sau, as the three wise men are known need to be placed in an area where they are easily visible with good energy surrounding them. These can be any places such as a high shelf or on the table in the living area.

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About Mammoth Ivory Beads And Products

Ivory is a suitable material to craft statues, figures and jewelry among a host of other products such as tusk carvings, snuff bottles, netsuke, scrimshaw and so much more. Though ivory has been carved since prehistoric times, most of it was for religious or practical purposes. But today, mammoth tusks and ivories have more of collectible value than practical use.

Many new designs of ivory have come out with the innovative techniques and artist concepts. Some of these include guitar picks, dice, hair sticks, miniature dollhouses and even jewelry. Though most of the themes are about trendy jewelry, vintage western and Chinese mythological animals, the minuet detailing is superb.  Though mammoth ivory beads have caught the fancy of women all over, even US First Lady, Michele Obama was seen sporting a multi-layered mammoth ivory beaded necklace at a formal event.

So how do artists create such varied size mammoth tusk ivory beads? The small flakes and fragments of scrap mammoth ivory are used to create varying sizes of beads. These are cut by experienced ivory technicians and later polished. The next step is making of the raw mammoth tusk ivory cylinders, which preludes a stage prior to making round beads. These are made in a production unit, technicians work to carve systematically the cylinders into beads and then they are polished to make round beads for jewelry, necklaces and host of other beads. With a host of colors and pigmented ivory, they provide a range of colors in the ivory beads.

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