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Whale's tooth

Object Number: 
1945.215
Date: 
ca. 1850
Medium: 
Ivory, ink
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 1/2 x 2 1/4 x 5 1/2 in. ( 3.8 x 5.7 x 14 cm )
Marks: 
printed adhesive label: on reverse: "53"
Description: 
Scrimshawed whale tooth with etched image of woman in a long off-the-shoulder dress, holding a fan (supposedly Jenny Lind).
Gallery Label: 
This scrimshaw whale's tooth 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