Serengeti Panorama


“Serengeti Panorama” color scrimshaw on complete ancient walrus tusk by Mary Gregg Byrne. Serengeti translates to “endless plains” in the Maasai language. Byrne has depicted some of the better known inhabitants, human and animal, that one associates with the Serengeti. Mary Gregg Byrne was one of the originators of contemporary West Coast scrimshaw in the early 70s. She has not done any scrimshaw for more than a decade, so collectors always pay attention whenever a Byrne piece appears on the market today. This was probably done in the mid 1980s and is from the collection of one of our clients who is no longer with us. When his estate shipped it to us it was poorly packaged and the tip was broken off. We decided to have it repaired, which took over a year start to finish, and have a new stand created for it. Scrimshander, Matt Stothart, also assisted in the restoration process. The finished product is amazing. This is a very large, heavy tusk that weighs 5 pounds, 5.6 ounces! Not many left of this size and condition today.

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