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Walrus tusk

Walrus tusk
Title
Walrus tusk
Date 
19th century
Medium 
Ivory, ink
Dimensions 
Overall: 32 1/2 x 2 x 1 in. ( 82.6 x 5.1 x 2.5 cm )
Description 
Engraved scrimshaw walrus tusk; engraved with black ink on the obverse with many forms and figures including Lady Liberty with an eagle on her head, a rooster at base and a pair of crossed Japanese swords with a image of a Japanese man; flowers, leaves, and grapes are also prevalent; on the reverse is engraved the Poseidon in a nautilus shell, several roses, grapes and leaves, a scene of a ship approaching an island with a walrus upon it; cartouche at base.
Credit Line 
Purchase
Object Number 
1957.85a
Marks 
inscribed: in the cartouche: "E. R Bell/to"
Gallery Label 
This walrus tusk belonged to John Lord (Aug. 21, 1789-July 4, 1829). By 1828, he was a gunner on the U.S. Frigate Constitution. At the time of his death, he was stationed at the Boston Naval Yard.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group