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Item Details

Temp #33
DepartmentScrimshaw
Low Estimate$4,000.00
High Estimate$6,000.00
Last UpdatedMarch 13, 2019

Description

SCRIMSHAW WHALE'S TOOTH DEPICTING THE CIRCUS PERFORMER ZAZEL" Circa 1880
"Zazel", dressed in a low-cut gown, poses inside a barrel decorated as an American shield. She has a feather in her hair and is wearing a pendant necklace and bracelets. The English-born "Zazel", whose real name was Rossa Matilda Richter, was the first female human cannonball. She performed at the Royal Aquarium in London in 1877, then toured in the United Kingdom and the United States until 1891. Tooth mounted on an oval wooden base with silver metal plaque engraved "Found At Sheikh Budin N.W.F.P. India 1909" (N.W.F.P. stands for North-West Frontier Province, located on the border of Kashmir and Afghanistan), though there is no further record of this provenance. Overall height including base 6.5".
Provenance:
Laurence Langford, London.
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Condition

Age lines at tip. Obverse with areas of red residue, probably removable. Old age crack at base on undecorated reverse. Small circular inlay on reverse of unknown material and function.

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