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Whale's tooth

Object Number: 
1981.33[dup]
Date: 
1850-1890
Medium: 
Ivory, black ink
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3 1/8 x 7 1/4 x 2 1/4 in. ( 7.9 x 18.4 x 5.7 cm )
Description: 
Engraved scrimshaw Sperm whale's tooth; engraved with black ink on the obverse with a profile of a frigate sailing and sailors cutting in, on the reverse is a score of whalers hunting whales with one capsizing a small fishing vessel.
Gallery Label: 
According to Stuart Frank, this image depicts a 'waif' flag left on carcass for ship to later pick-up. U.S. flag on one vessel, and cutting in dead whale is lashed to side.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Colonel Henry O. Havemeyer
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group