Scrimshaw, Whale's Tooth
On View: American Identities: A New Look, Making Art: Centennial Era, 5th Floor
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Scrimshaw, Whale's Tooth, ca. 1825-1835. Whale's tooth, 5 1/8 x 2 1/8 in. (13 x 5.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Collection, X613.1. Creative Commons-BY
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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Sperm whale's tooth with engraved decorations of two portrait medallions (probably taken from a contemporary engraving in a periodical). Medallion on one side is the bust of a lady in evening attire and one of a gentleman in day dress. Saw-tooth edged frames. Top border crosshatched with leaves; bottom pyramids and scallops. Rubbed with black pigment.
Condition: Good. Chip and crack at base.
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