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Title: Scrimshaw tooth, "Dont trust this DEVIL Doctor/ Martin Snow Master/ Whaleman"

Accession Number: 1947.1352
Category: SCRIMSHAW & ALLIED ARTS - TEETH
Type: scrimshaw tooth
Maker: Snow, Martin
Place: Africa, Guinea; Africa, Sierra Leone; Africa, Kenya, Mombasa
Date: 1827
Materials: ivory
Description: Scrimshaw whale tooth. On one side: iron nail bent through hole with iron ring attached, sun with rays and face, cloud, 3 scratched areas, figure with rays around head, arms out and suggestion of vest. On other side: robed figure with headdress and diamond shaped mask, outstretched hands and feet, 2 birds and frog (?). Written on edge "Dont trust this DEVIL Doctor/ Martin Snow Master/ Whaleman" and "Wrecked/ -1827-/ Mombassa/ Guinea"; (Refers to Sowei masquerades, Sande society, Sierra Leone/ Liberia).

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