Whale's tooth amulet
Northwest America or Alaskan
Late 19th to early 20th century
15 cm (5 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Whale's tooth, white metal chain, pigment
Not On View
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.
Inside tooth, numbers and Cyrilic letters, including possible date?
1975, purchased in Khabarovsk, Siberia, by Solange Skinner, Boston; 2010, year-end gift of Solange Skinner to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 26, 2011)
Gift of Governor Carlton Skinner and Solange Skinner