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Museum catalogue: Scrimshaw Collection

 

Scrimshaw

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Accession no.: Y: 62/15/69
Object name: Scrimshaw
Title: Scrimshaw
Description: Tooth 125 mm, polychrome: red. Expertly engraved with two of the most extraordinary figures to be found on scrimshaw. Above each is a sun-face with angled rays and between them is a variety of flowing, branching shapes. Woman at a keyboard; reverse: American Indian with arrow. Any interpretations of, or suggestions about these images would be welcome.
Classified name:
[Unknown system] 730.235 & 639.245.1
Number of items: 1
Full description:

69A.: A strangely dressed figure is supposedly seated at a keyboard, but one with no proper keys. Its curved top extends upwards and terminates in three flowering shoots. Surprisingly, the figure is derived from the same source as the woman at the square piano in Y: 62/15/57A.

69B.: A bizarre figure, possibly a tattoed man with unshaven chin, odd clothing and jewellery, wearing a feather and floral head dress. The fingers of one hand are transmogriphied into branched, feather-like structures and in the other he holds two thick, conjoined/superimposed arrows with a single, brush-like end instead of flights.

69LE.: Leading edge has an isolated, short, bowed, cylinder with a striated/knurled edge, inside which is a ring of small red triangles with a few assorted shapes at its centre.

69TE.: The trailing edge has a disc of two concentric circles forming a border within the outer edge of which is a geometrical six petalled flower.

Dimensions:
  • Height: 125mm
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