Caring for Inuit Art
Handle your carving with care to avoid scratches (e.g. from jewellery) and/or breakage. Carefully support your carving with non-slippery, latex gloves when moving it. To clean, dust it with a soft cloth, or use a watercolour paint brush to dust away dirt embedded in crevices.
Bone, antler and ivory pieces should be kept away from doorways, air vents and direct sunlight. Ivory, in particular, reacts to changing humidity levels by swelling and shrinking, which can cause the piece to crack and warp. Ivory also yellows naturally. This is its natural patina; do not attempt to bleach it out.
Prints should be displayed in darker areas, as they can fade if exposed to too much light (sunlight or artificial).