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The reverse with a portrait of a Scottish Tam-o-Shanter in Highland dress
Early 19th Century
Size: 15cm long – 6 ins long
Whaling was a strange mixture of the romantic and the squalid, the heroism of the hunt contrasted with the blood and stench of wholesale butchery. Scrimshaw made from the very substance of the whale somehow encapsulates these paradoxes.