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Engraved Tusk

Arts of the Americas

MEDIUM Walrus tusk, black ash or graphite, oil
  • Place Made: Alaska, United States
  • DATES late 19th century
    DIMENSIONS 14 13/16 x 2 5/16 in. (37.6 x 5.9 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 20.894
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Robert B. Woodward
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Eskimo (Native American). Engraved Tusk, late 19th century. Walrus tusk, black ash or graphite, oil, 14 13/16 x 2 5/16 in. (37.6 x 5.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Robert B. Woodward, 20.894. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 20.894_acetate_bw.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 20.894_acetate_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION The walrus tusk is engraved with different scenes, each having its own groundline in space. The scenes include: men netting fish or seal and birds flying above; men hunting bear and deer using spears and bows & arrows; large whale with spume coming out of its blowhole along with several fins in the water nearby; a dog sled; two bears wrestling and a man lassoing a bird.
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    Eskimo (Native American). <em>Engraved Tusk</em>, late 19th century. Walrus tusk, black ash or graphite, oil, 14 13/16 x 2 5/16 in. (37.6 x 5.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Robert B. Woodward, 20.894. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 20.894_acetate_bw.jpg)