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Engraved Whale Tooth

Arts of the Americas

On View: Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Sperm whale tooth, black ash or graphite, oil
  • Place Made: Alaska, United States
  • DATES late 19th century
    DIMENSIONS 6 1/2 x 3 x 2 in. (16.5 x 7.6 x 5.1 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 20.895
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Robert B. Woodward
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Eskimo (Native American). Engraved Whale Tooth, late 19th century. Sperm whale tooth, black ash or graphite, oil, 6 1/2 x 3 x 2 in. (16.5 x 7.6 x 5.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Robert B. Woodward, 20.895. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 20.895_left.jpg)
    IMAGE left, 20.895_left.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION The object is a sperm whale tooth with engraved images into which black pigment was applied. Images depict various aspects of hunting, fishing, and daily life. They include animals such as walrus, bears, whales, fishes and dogs. Condition is fair and stable with some material loss towards wide end of tooth.
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    Eskimo (Native American). <em>Engraved Whale Tooth</em>, late 19th century. Sperm whale tooth, black ash or graphite, oil, 6 1/2 x 3 x 2 in. (16.5 x 7.6 x 5.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Robert B. Woodward, 20.895. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 20.895_left.jpg)