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Scrimshaw depicting woman and a sailor

Date: 19th century
Dimensions:
Overall: 470 x 96 x 85 mm, 0.66 kg
Medium: Walrus tusk, ink, metal.
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Scrimshaw walrus tusk
Object No: 00032481

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    Description
    This matching pair of walrus tusks are elaborately engraved with images of several women and a sailor. The women is carrying a hankerchief and wears a bonnet and dress with large ballonned sleevs. Walrus ivory was a favourite material that could only be obtained from the Arctic whaling region.

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