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Museum catalogue: Scrimshaw Collection




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Accession no.: Y: 62/15/62
Object name: Scrimshaw
Title: Scrimshaw
Description: Tooth 14 1 mm, polychrome: faint brownish-red and greenish-blue, with rather naive images of women engraved with fine stipple and lines. Inscribed "Lima lady"; reverse: Woman with elaborate hat.
Classified name:
[Unknown system] 730.235 & 639.245.1
Number of items: 1
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62A.: Inscribed "Lima Lady", a woman with an ankle length skirt has her head and upper body almost completely hidden by a patterned shawl which reveals only one eye and a little hair. This was the street dress of Peruvian women in the early 19th century. Lima, the capital, was a short carriage drive from the port of Callao which was frequented by whaling vessels on the "Coast of Peru" whaling grounds.

62B.: Woman in a very unusual-looking elaborate ruched and pleated dress and spectacular hat which date from around the mid 1830s (cf. Y: 62/15/53B) and is possibly from South America. She holds a handkerchief in each hand.

  • Height: 141mm
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