Sailors' craftwork, Decorative art

The Collection

Your selection



Buy this image Add this to a collection
Share or embed this object  


Sailors' craftwork

Object connections:

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

Object details:

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
  • Panel (AAA0029)
    Help us

    Do you know more about this?

    Share your knowledge