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Circa 1850


Like on many of Hiliot's teeth, the obverse depicts a Pacific Islander scene showing two natives in grass skirts standing beneath palm trees, pointing their outstretched arms toward a whaleship and two whaleboats in active pursuit of a pod of whales. Distant mountains and a cloudy sky frame the scene. Reverse with an oval medallion containing a three-quarter length portrait of a formally dressed woman with tightly curled hair, wearing a cross necklace and a rose tucked into the belt of her dress, and holding a folded letter in her hand. Portrait framed by red drapes and medallion surrounded by green leaves and a red rose. Vacant cartouche at base. Bright colors and warm patina.
Length 7".
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  • Provenance:
    Hyland Granby Antiques, Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, 2014.
    The Collection of Michael Gill.

    Two similar teeth by whaleman George Hiliott are illustrated in Ingenious Contrivances, Curiously Carved by Stuart M. Frank (Boston: David R. Godine, 2012), fig. 3:13a and b. Frank writes that Hiliott engraved at least five teeth showing a native islander on one side and an elegantly clad woman on the other.

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