Scrimshaw - La Amistad
Scrimshaw - La AmistadScrimshaw - La AmistadScrimshaw - La Amistad



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Art In History’s artifact replica is a sperm whale tooth from the time of great sea-faring activities such as whaling, exploration, and trade.  Known artifacts from this era were made by whalers and/or sailors who were out at sea for extended periods of time.  During sailors idle time, scrimshaw art was done utilizing crude sailing needles and other instruments. These tools were used to scratch, or etch, imagery into a sperm whale’s tooth.

The motif provided is the 19th century schooner, La Amistad, which gained international attention in 1841 in a decision by the Supreme Court of the United States.  A Slave revolt by African captives landed the ship off the coast of Long Island, NY where it was captured by the USS Washington.  The ensuing trial became a symbol in a movement to abolish slavery.

This kit includes: replica, sponges, disposable paint pallets, paint, La Amistad motif, and FREE lesson download. Lesson contains: history of the artifact, history of the time period, full color map, designs & motifs, and step-by-step decorating instructions.

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