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== Description ==
 
== Description ==
  
Large, blunt conical teeth obtained from the sperm whale, Physeter macrocephalus or Physeter catadon. Sperm whale teeth were used for decorative scrimshaw as well as small functional items, such as buttons, combs, and gaming pieces.
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Large, blunt conical teeth obtained from the sperm whale, ''Physeter macrocephalus'' or Physeter ''catadon''. Sperm whale teeth were used for decorative scrimshaw as well as small functional items, such as buttons, combs, and gaming pieces.
  
 
== Synonyms and Related Terms ==
 
== Synonyms and Related Terms ==
  
 
sperm whale tooth
 
sperm whale tooth
 
 
[[File:Spermwhalewp2.jpg|thumb|Sperm whale]]
 
[[File:Spermwhalewp2.jpg|thumb|Sperm whale]]
== Other Properties ==
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== Physical and Chemical Properties ==
 
 
UV autofluorescence is usually white or blue but may occasionally be yellowish.
 
  
Contain well-marked concentric lines.
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* UV autofluorescence is usually white or blue but may occasionally be yellowish.
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* Contain well-marked concentric lines.
  
== Sources Checked for Data in Record ==
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==Resources and Citations==
  
 
* Benjamin Burack, ''Ivory and Its Uses'', Charles E. Tuttle and Co., Vermont, 1984
 
* Benjamin Burack, ''Ivory and Its Uses'', Charles E. Tuttle and Co., Vermont, 1984

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Scrimshaw on whale tooth
MFA# 2003.349

Description

Large, blunt conical teeth obtained from the sperm whale, Physeter macrocephalus or Physeter catadon. Sperm whale teeth were used for decorative scrimshaw as well as small functional items, such as buttons, combs, and gaming pieces.

Synonyms and Related Terms

sperm whale tooth

Sperm whale

Physical and Chemical Properties

  • UV autofluorescence is usually white or blue but may occasionally be yellowish.
  • Contain well-marked concentric lines.

Resources and Citations

  • Benjamin Burack, Ivory and Its Uses, Charles E. Tuttle and Co., Vermont, 1984
  • Hermann Kuhn, Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art and Antiquities, Butterworths, London, 1986
  • Hermann Kuhn, Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art and Antiquities, Butterworths, London, 1986
  • Oppi Untracht, Jewelry Concepts and Technology, Doubleday & Co., Inc., New York City, 1985

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