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Scrimshaw

Collection ID: 
2000.027.4
Collection: 
Social history
Sperm whale tooth with polar bear and cub. Scrimshaw is made by carving into the tooth and then rubbing a mixture of chalk and ink into the lines to make the drawing stand out. Done as a pastime by many seafaring men.

Physical attributes

Material
Cetacean tooth

Production

Technique
Scrimshaw

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