Scrimshaw, Whale's Tooth
On View: Decorative Art, Schenck Gallery, 4th Floor
Ivory (whale tooth), pigment
5 × 2 3/4 × 2 1/2 in. (12.7 × 7 × 6.4 cm)
mount: 5 1/4 × 3 1/2 × 2 3/4 in. (13.3 × 8.9 × 7 cm) (show scale)
Brooklyn Museum Collection
Prior to 1969, provenance not yet documented; before 1969, acquired by the Brooklyn Museum, acquisition method not documented.
Sperm whale's tooth with engraved decorations of two portrait medallions (probably taken from a contemporary engraving in a periodical). Medallion on one side is the bust of a lady in evening attire and one of a gentleman in day dress. Saw-tooth edged frames. Top border crosshatched with leaves; bottom pyramids and scallops. Rubbed with black pigment.
Condition: Good. Chip and crack at base.
Unknown. Scrimshaw, Whale's Tooth, ca. 1825-1835. Ivory (whale tooth), pigment, 5 × 2 3/4 × 2 1/2 in. (12.7 × 7 × 6.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Collection, X613.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, X613.1_view01_PS11.jpg)
overall, X613.1_view01_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2021
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