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Lot #355
DepartmentScrimshaw
Low Estimate$2,500.00
High Estimate$3,500.00
Last UpdatedJune 8, 2019

Description

SCRIMSHAW WHALE'S TOOTH IN THE MANNER OF N.S. FINNEY Mid-19th Century
Both sides with finely engraved and incredibly detailed religious scenes. Obverse titled Flight, Into Egypt" depicts Mary holding Jesus while riding a donkey led by Joseph through a lush landscape with distant hills and pyramids. Three human faces hover over Mary and Jesus. Scene is flanked by caryatids supporting a frieze covered with stylized hieroglyphics. Facing sphinxes sit at the foot of the column bases, which are also covered in stylized hieroglyphics. Reverse titled "Le Redempteur" depicts Jesus on the cross, with a Roman soldier on horseback and a building in the distance, and a snake wrapped around the base of the cross. Scene is contained within a tabernacle-like frame. Scalloped border encircles base. Length 6.25".
The stippled shading and scalloped border on this tooth are similar to a tooth attributed to N.S. Finney illustrated in Ingenious Contrivances, Curiously Carved by Stuart M. Frank (Boston: David R. Godine, 2012), figs. 3.14a, 3.15a and 3.15b."

Condition

No significant wear or damage noted, save for some uneven patina near tip.

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