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Scrimshaw Bullock Horns; Dennis Gunn; Early 20th Century; RA2016.001

Scrimshaw Bullock Horns; Dennis Gunn; Early 20th Century; RA2016.001
Name/Title
Scrimshaw Bullock Horns
About this object
These horns were etched by a prisoner awaiting execution at Auckland Prison in the first half of the 20th Century. The prisoner's jail warden kept the horns and when he retired to Mokau he donated them to this museum. The beautiful etching is known as scrimshaw and is achieved when fine etching is rubbed with ink or ash to make the lines show up. The portraits on the left horn show the prisoner's judge and lawyer and on the right horn show his mother and two sisters. These horns are rare and valuable not just because there are two but also for their fine craftsmanship and poignant story of their creation.
Maker Role
Scrimshaw carver
Date Made
Early 20th Century
Place Made
Auckland
Medium and Materials
Bullock Horn; Wood; Velvet; Ink
Measurements
H 53.5cm x L 51cm
Subject and Association Keywords
Animal products
Handcraft
Subject and Association Description
Nicholls
Object Type
Carved Horns
Object number
RA2016.001

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bullock horns
engraving
jail
murder
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prisoner
scrimshaw


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