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Animal figurine

Sailors' craftwork

Object connections:

Collection Sailors' craftwork, Decorative art
ExhibitionsThe Atlantic: Slavery, Trade, Empire, Trade and Commerce
User collections Cute animals by BirgittaPeippo
Illustrated Teeth and Bone by dmclark
Gallery locationAtlantic Gallery (Floor plans)

Object details:

Object ID AAA0012
Description A carved wooden sperm whale probably made by a seaman. The figure is inlaid with a bone blow hole and harpoon with an attached rope carved into the surface of the wood. A small wooden shield is inlaid on the back. This item could be classified as scrimshaw with other handicrafts produced by the crews of whaling ships.
Date made Late 19th century

Artist/Maker Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials wood; bone
Measurements 39 x 170 x 35 mm
  • Animal figurine (AAA0012)
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