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Whale jaw bone

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