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tusk with scrimshaw decoration
  • Native Arctic peoples
  • tusk with scrimshaw decoration, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: United States or Canada
  • walrus tusk, pigment, wood, incising
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 35.5 x 5.5 x 3.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 14 x 2 1/8 x 1 3/8 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2733

The tusk has depictions of an igloo under construction, a completed igloo, a three masted ship, a mermaid and an anchor. There is a loaded harpoon gun and a saw at the pointed end. There are triangles at the proximal end. DThe designs are shaded with red, blue and black.

The tusk has been filled with a piece of wood.