Scimshaw, Sperm Whale Tooth; Unknown maker; 1830-1900; RI.W2002.1148

Name/Title

Scimshaw, Sperm Whale Tooth

About this object

This sperm whale tooth features two examples of scrimshaw, which is the art of engraving whale bones or teeth. The first engraving is of a bonneted woman, the second is of a a sailor wearing traditional slops and a hat. Both figures are intricately engraved in full length.

The artist and subjects are lost to time but the scrimshaw speaks of Murihuku's early whaling era and the mariners who brought this unique art form to our shores.

Maker

Unknown maker

Maker Role

Engraver

Date Made

1830-1900

Period

1800s

Place Made

Unknown

Medium and Materials

organic, animal tooth, mammal tooth, whale tooth, sperm whale tooth

Inscription and Marks

The two engravings described in the brief description field.

Measurements

h 170 mm x w 65 mm x d 50 mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Art and Design

Subject and Association Keywords

Fishing

Subject and Association Keywords

Maritime

Object Type

artworks

Object number

RI.W2002.1148

Copyright Licence  

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