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Whale's tooth

Whale's tooth
Title
Whale's tooth
Date 
1840-1860
Medium 
Ivory
Dimensions 
Overall: 5 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 1 3/4 in. ( 14 x 6.4 x 4.4 cm )
Description 
Engraved scrimshaw Sperm whale's tooth with black pigment is of a front view of a bearded fisherman carrying his pole and basket.
Credit Line 
Gift of Mrs. Fanny Shapiro
Object Number 
1943.151
Gallery Label 
According to the donor, this scrimshaw probably represents Robinson Crusoe.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group