Epic Naval Battle


“Epic Naval Battle” color scrimshaw on a massive piece of ancient mammoth tusk ivory bark by David Adams. Absolutely amazing amount of detail in this depiction of a momentous naval battle. One sees the ships in the foreground, but look closely. There are many more in the background hidden by the amount of smoke from burning battleships. Look closely at the destroyed mast in the foreground. Some poor wretch is clinging to it for dear life. This is a huge piece of mammoth bark and scrimshander Adams has worked every bit of the surface. By the way, working on such a curved ivory “canvas” makes it extremely difficult maintain perspective. Adams makes it look easy, the mark of a true professional. Mounted on a bloodwood stand, this would be a focal point of any serious scrimshaw collection.

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