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Whale tooth

Decorative art

Object connections:

Collection Decorative art, Sailors' craftwork
User collections Illustrated Teeth and Bone by dmclark
Gallery locationNot on display

Object details:

Object ID ZBA4001
Description A sperm whale's tooth engraved with an action between a British ship and a dismasted opponent, wreckage in the sea in the foreground. On the other side, is a whaling scene with a whaling vessel hove-to in the background, four boats are shown in the foreground, one with a line to a whale. This type of sailor's craftwork is known as scrimshaw.
Date made 1830-40

Artist/Maker Unknown
Place made Britain
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials whale tooth
Measurements Overall: 40 x 65 x 160 mm
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