A botanical scene is carved into fossilized mammoth ivory (no animals were killed for this artwork!). This is legal ivory because it is found and not the result of hunting, at least in the last 10,000+ years. Scrimshaw is the art of carving pictures into ivory with a sharp needle or tool and then inking the lines so they stand out visually. It was developed by early American whalers who cared detailed images into whale's teeth. Today modern, legal shrimshaw is carved in fossilized or antique ivory from certified sources or bone. The piece is surrounded by millefiori leaves and flowers with a textured underlying black, clay rim.