Learn about Maritime Trade and Exploration. Art In History 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 tooth.
The motif provided is the Sea Otter. ‚ The Sea Otter is a marine mammal native to the coasts of the northern and eastern North Pacific Ocean. ‚ The Sea Otter possesses the densest coat of fur the in the animal kingdom. ‚ In the earlier years of Maritime trade their fur was in great demand and they were hunted where there was only a small fraction left.