MEDIUM: Scrimshaw on discarded piano key elephant ivory
DIMENSIONS/RUN TIME: 11 1/4 ” x 7 1/2″
DESCRIPTION/STATEMENT: Scrimshaw is an art form that began on whaling ships in the Mid-Atlantic about 1750. It is made by engraving the surface of a bone or tooth with a sharpened stylus and rubbing pigment or lamp ash into the incised lines. Scrimshaw is most commonly made with the bones and teeth of whales, the tusks of walruses, and elephant ivory. The most frequent themes include texts, nautical scenes, images of home and loved ones.