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Credit: The Mariners' Museum, Newport News, Virginia
Original Author: Unknown engraver; Virtual Curation Lab model
Created: ca. 1850; 3-D scan 2018

Scrimshaw with Slavery Imagery

This 3-D scan of a polished, engraved walrus tusk—a type of carving known as scrimshaw—bears an image of a three-masted British ship in Jamaica. Two groups of six slaves are chained together along the pier, each group overseen by a man with a whip. A long building at the end of the pier, doubtless an office or warehouse connected with the seagoing trade, sits beneath three palm trees. Scrimshaw carvings such as this one were generally created by sailors during their free time.

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