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Scrimshaw, Whale's Tooth

Decorative Arts

MAKER Unknown
MEDIUM Whale's tooth
  • Place Made: United States
  • DATES ca. 1825-1835
    DIMENSIONS 5 1/8 x 2 1/8 in. (13 x 5.4 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Brooklyn Museum Collection
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Unknown. 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
    IMAGE overall, CUR.X613.1a.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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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    Scrimshaw, Whales Tooth