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Object ID 1878.002.001
Object Name Scrimshaw
Collection Works of Art
Credit line Gift of Mrs. Stephen Bonsal
Year Range from 1820
Year Range to 1840
Description Sperm whale tooth that has carving on both sides. One side is carved with a full-length image of a standing, bearded officer figure in a dress coat with epaulets, saber, and cap. The figure has his left hand on his hip and a partially raised and pointing right arm. The opposite side is carved with an image of a lion among a forest of very stylized trees. The sky above the lion contains two birds in flight and an angel or cupid figure with a bow and arrow.
Dimensions W-2.75 L-7 D-2 inches
Dimension Details overall greatest dimensions
Provenance According to the donor, this item is a souvenir from the voyage of the Wilmington whaleship "Ceres."
Subjects Whales
Whaling
Carving
Search Terms Scrimshaw
Whaling
Sperm Whales
Nineteenth Century
Ceres
Whaleships
Wilmington
Material Sperm whale ivory