Whale jaw bone

Whale jaw bone
Title
Whale jaw bone
Date 
ca. 1850
Medium 
Bone
Dimensions 
Overall: 1 1/2 x 5 x 9 in. ( 3.8 x 12.7 x 22.9 cm )
Description 
Section of whale jaw bone with scrimshaw image of seated woman wearing long off-the-shoulder dress (supposedly Jenny Lind.)
Credit Line 
Gift of Leonidas Westervelt
Object Number 
1945.216
Marks 
printed adhesive label: on reverse: "55"
Gallery Label 
This scrimshaw whale bone supposedly depicts Jenny Lind, a famous mid-19th century singer known as the "Swedish nightingale."
Provenance 
The Jenny Lind Collection of Leonidas Westervelt
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group