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Scrimshaw Walrus Tusk - Morris Museum 3D Model
This circa 1870-85 scrimshaw measures 27” long and contains various images, including a lighthouse festooned with flags, an American warship with open gun-ports and an urban street scene (believed to possibly be New York). What began as a hobby among New England whalers, became a finely honed craft. Whalers scratched drawings onto the teeth and bones of whales, walruses, porpoises and mollusk shells. Candle soot and tobacco juice were rubbed into the engravings to bring the images into view. By the late 19th century, natural gas and other petroleum based products were discovered and the need for whale oil rapidly declined, resulting in scrimshaw becoming a lost art. Description Credit: Maria Ribaudo, Collections Manager, Morris Museum. The photogrammetry was done with 220 photographs using Agisoft Photoscan.