Walrus tusk carved w/cribbage board & sea mammals

Walrus tusk carved w/cribbage board & sea mammals
Title
Walrus tusk carved w/cribbage board & sea mammals
Date 
1850-1900
Medium 
Ivory, pigment
Dimensions 
Overall: 17 3/8 x 3 x 3/4 in. ( 44.1 x 7.6 x 1.9 cm )
Description 
Cribbage board carved from walrus tusk ornamented with carved figures of fish, seals, and walruses.
Credit Line 
Gift of Mrs. Fanny Shapiro
Object Number 
1943.246
Gallery Label 
After examining the collection on 2/24/2013, Stuart M. Frank, curator of the New Bedford Whaling Museum, believes this tusk could likely be attributed to Nunivak Island in the Bering Sea. Branches of the Yup’ik tribes created scrimshaw pieces to sell or barter as souvenirs in the early twentieth century.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group