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Object Name Scrimshaw
Artist Unidentified
Year Range from 1860
Year Range to 1880
Place of Origin Arctic Ocean
Description Walrus tusk with scrimshaw decoration showing men in dory hunting a sperm whale and whale's tail overturning a boat on one side, and on the other a ship sailing toward a lighthouse on a bluff with an American flag mounted on a tripod base and a two-story house with two trees on either side and surrounded by a low fence behind the bluff on the other side of the tusk. Another ship under sail is engraved at the wide end of the tusk, perpendicular to the lighthouse view. A hole has been drilled through the pointed end.
Accession Number 1974.660