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Museum catalogue: Scrimshaw Collection

 

Scrimshaw

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Accession no.: Y: 62/15/49
Object name: Scrimshaw
Title: Scrimshaw
Description: Tooth 134mm, monochrome. The tooth has a dark patina, perhaps from exposure to smoke. Seabird, probably skua.
Classified name:
[Unknown system] 730.235 & 639.245.1
Number of items: 1
Full description:

Whole.: Standing on a small rock is a sea bird with a rather short tail, legs and feet, generally thought most likely to represent a species of skua, probably a juvenile. The feathers are skilfully engraved, with their light edges, but the legs and feet are less convincing. Perhaps the creature was stuffed.

Dimensions:
  • Whole.: Height: 134mm
  • : Depth: 38mm
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