Decorative art, Sailors' craftwork

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AAA0029
Decorative art

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

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Object ID AAA0029
Description An engraved whalebone panel made from the lower jaw of a sperm whale and pierced with two suspension holes. It depicts a ship off the shore of a volcanic tropical island with houses along the shore. The vessel may be a warship flying a long commissioning pennant rather than a whaler. The location could be Tahiti or one of the other Society Islands. This type of sailor's craftwork is known as scrimshaw.
Date made mid-19th century

Artist/Maker Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials whalebone
Measurements 110 x 260 mm
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  • Panel (AAA0029)
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