Walrus tusk scrimshaw

1865–80
Artist Nathaniel Sylvester Finney (born in 1815, active in 1847–1870s)


Object Place: San Francisco, California, United States

Dimensions

Legacy dimension: L: 15 7/8", w: 2 5/8", d: 1 5/8

Accession Number

1992.459

Medium or Technique

Engraved walrus ivory, pigment

On View

George Putnam Model Ship Gallery (Gallery LG28)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Sculpture

Walrus tusk with three portraits of a woman, engraved on surface. Top figure is full-length and standing, middle figure is a bust of a woman supporting head with one hand, bottom figure is full-length and smokes a cigar. Signed near base: By. N. S. Finney.

Credit Line

Gift of Marilyn and Selwyn Kudisch