Walrus tusk carved w/cribbage board & sea mammals
Overall: 17 3/8 x 3 x 3/4 in. ( 44.1 x 7.6 x 1.9 cm )
Cribbage board carved from walrus tusk ornamented with carved figures of fish, seals, and walruses.
After examining the collection on 2/24/2013, Stuart M. Frank, curator of the New Bedford Whaling Museum, believes this tusk could likely be attributed to Nunivak Island in the Bering Sea. Branches of the Yup’ik tribes created scrimshaw pieces to sell or barter as souvenirs in the early twentieth century.
Gift of Mrs. Fanny Shapiro
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.