Explore “Scrimshaw: scratching the surface” at Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato
Scrimshaw, an exhibition at Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato, is an everyday art born from the most extraordinary of circumstances.
When: To 26 June 2022
Where: Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato, Hamilton
About 30 objects highlighting the little-known 19th-century art practice of scrimshaw — the engraving and colouring of eggshells, teeth and horns by sailors, whalers, soldiers and prisoners.
Curated by the Waikato Museum, Scrimshaw includes an ostrich egg (pictured above) from 1775 illustrating Dutch East India Company ships traversing the Cape of Good Hope, an array of bullock horns depicting tangata whenua and a range of colonial scenes from the 1860s.
Learn more at waikatomuseum.co.nz