Scimshaw, Sperm Whale Tooth; Unknown maker; 1830-1900; RI.W2002.1148
Scimshaw, Sperm Whale ToothAbout 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.
organic, animal tooth, mammal tooth, whale tooth, sperm whale toothInscription and Marks
The two engravings described in the brief description field.Measurements
h 170 mm x w 65 mm x d 50 mmSubject and Association Keywords