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Scrimshaw ivory Depicting An Erotic Scene - k.7
Origin: New England
Circa: 1800 BC to 1900 AD
Dimensions: 7.25" (18.4cm) high x 2.5" (6.4cm) wide
Collection: Erotic Art
Condition: Very Fine


Additional Information: F.
£6,000.00
Location: Great Britain
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This is a very interesting and finely executed Scrimshaw. The word Scrimshaw has probably slang Dutch origins and it means "killing time". Scrimshaw is the name given to scrollwork, engravings, and carvings done in bone or ivory. Typically it refers to the handiwork created by whalers made from the byproducts of harvesting marine mammals. It is most commonly made out of the bones and teeth of sperm whales, the baleen of other whales, and the tusks of walruses. It takes the form of elaborate engravings in the form of pictures and lettering on the surface of the bone or tooth, with the engraving highlighted using a pigment, or, less often, small sculptures made from the same material. However the latter really fall into the categories of ivory carving, for all carved teeth and tusks, or bone carving. The making of scrimshaw began on whaling ships between 1745 to 1759 on the Pacific Ocean, and survived until the ban on commercial whaling. The practice survives as a hobby and as a trade for commercial artisans. On one side of this very interesting item it can be observe an erotic scene, engraved deploying a very thick and voluminous texture. On the reverse side of the item an inscription: "The masters wife finds pleasure ashore". - (k.7)

 

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