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Whale tooth

Whale tooth
Title
Whale tooth
Date 
1910-1940
Medium 
Ivory, pigment
Dimensions 
Overall: 5 1/8 x 2 1/2 x 3/4 in. ( 13 x 6.4 x 1.9 cm )
Description 
Scrimshaw whale's tooth engraved in black pigment of a man at the top of a mast, with an unidentified flag.
Credit Line 
Gift of Mrs. Fanny Shapiro
Object Number 
1943.93
Gallery Label 
Accoring to the donor, the scene (placed longitudinally on the tooth) is of a sailor in a crow's nest.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group