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Nov 21, 2013 8:46 PM

Hello everyone, I'm trying to identify this scrimshawed tusk?

Hi, I have contacted the Natural History Dept of Cardiff Museum regarding this scrimshawed tusk that I have hoping to identify what animal it came from, it's age, where in the world it originated and what culture does it represent? They suggest it could be:-


from the style of the skulls, that this dates to the post-medieval and colonial period - probably 16th-19th centuries AD)  The object could be carved walrus or elephant ivory and the depiction of animals on the piece suggests encounter, or memory of encounter, with the fauna and flora in newly explored parts of the world. The lizard / reptilian content and luxuriant foliage hints at certain climates and made by a mariner or journeyer, then later purchased and inscribed as a gift in 1930


I've tried a 'hot pin test' and it smells of dentist drill and not plastic so I think it is genuine. On the reverse there is a faint inscription saying:

To Iris with love from Harry 1/3/30


Many thanks



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