Whale's tooth amulet

Northwest America or Alaskan
Late 19th to early 20th century


Dimensions

15 cm (5 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

2010.998

Medium or Technique

Whale's tooth, white metal chain, pigment

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ritual objects

Whale’s tooth with delicate white-metal chain connecting tip to base. At tip and base of tooth are painted (incised? burned?) decoration of repeated floral scroll pattern.

Inscription

Inside tooth, numbers and Cyrilic letters, including possible date?

Provenance

1975, purchased in Khabarovsk, Siberia, by Solange Skinner, Boston; 2010, year-end gift of Solange Skinner to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 26, 2011)

Credit Line

Gift of Governor Carlton Skinner and Solange Skinner