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Walrus Tusk Ivory engraved with pictures of everyday activities

Arts of the Americas

On View: Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor
CULTURE Inupiaq Eskimo
MEDIUM Walrus Tusk Ivory
DATES 19th century
DIMENSIONS 27 3/4 x 2 x 3 1/4 in. (70.5 x 5.1 x 8.3 cm)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor
CREDIT LINE A. Augustus Healy Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Long curved tusk engraved with scenes depicting men hunting walrus in boats, village huts, and food preparation. The object is sometimes referred to as scrimshaw, which is a non-Native term for this type of engraving on ivory. Condition: there is a small break.
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