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Museum catalogue: Scrimshaw Collection

 

Scrimshaw

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Accession no.: Y: 62/15/71
Object name: Scrimshaw
Title: Scrimshaw
Description: Tooth 161 mm, polychrome: red, greenish blue and brown. Only the the faces are outlined, but the deep cuts and pigmentation may have obscured the rest. Other examples of this artist's work are Y: 62/15/ 53 & 56, and a pair were found at the Kendall Whaling Institute, New Bedford, Mass. Man and woman on couch; reverse: Lady carrying deer.
Classified name:
[Unknown system] 730.235 & 639.245.1
Number of items: 1
Full description:

71A.: On a couch, a woman is supporting a sick or injured young man or boy. An elaborate screen with a pot plant surrounds them and above is a symbolic sun and moon. There is a patterned carpet or floor covering. Apart from the hair ornament her dress is subdued, and neither of them have dateable fashion features. It seems to be illustrating a tragic event.

71B.: A girl with long hair and bonnet with ribbons is wearing a plain red calf-length dress with an apron, large puff sleeves and a low neck: fashion features of the 1830's. She is cradling an animal most resmbling a fawn but possibly meant to be a puppy. A plant with lance-shaped leaves sprouts from the dark, undulating ground.

Dimensions:
  • Height: 161mm
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