Master carver uses mammoth tusks to keep 3,500-year-old art alive

Celebration of Auspiciousness is just one of Chu Chung-shing
Celebration of Auspiciousness is just one of Chu Chung-shing's huge pieces of carved mammoth tusk on show.

2013-11-07 - Hongkong, China , Samuel Chan

Hongkongers have the chance to see more than 200 pieces of mammoth tusk carved by ivory master carver Chu Chung-shing and his 100-strong team at a free show at the Convention and Exhibition Centre today and tomorrow. Chu has been using the tusks of the prehistoric creature, which became extinct more than 10,000 years ago, as a substitute for African elephant ivory ever since a transnational ban on the ivory trade was imposed in 1989 to protect the African elephant.

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