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Museum catalogue: Scrimshaw Collection




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Accession no.: Y: 62/15/44
Object name: Scrimshaw
Title: Scrimshaw
Description: Tooth 165 mm, One of a pair: monochrome with Spanish inscriptions which are extremely rare on old scrimshaw. Male figure, Orion with belt. (Pair to 62/15/43)
Classified name:
[Unknown system] 730.235 & 639.245.1
Number of items: 1
Full description:

He mythical figure of the Greek hero Orion in its bright constellation with "EL CINTO DE ORION" (the belt of Orion) inscribed above. One foot rests on what resembles the head of a small deer; a fawn or hind. He holds a burning torch in his left hand and his right arm is shielded by a skin, presumably that of the lion from which he was believed to have been born. The image was found to be derived from one in an 18th century celestial atlas, but there an odd-looking hare is at his feet.

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  • Y: 62/15/43
  • Height: 165mm
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