Whale Bone

This is the rib bone of a whale, found off the coast of Banana Island. The Sierra Leone National Museum catalogue notes that it was difficult for the donor to take the bone to Freetown because fishermen refuse to take whale bones on board; it might bring bad luck.

Further Information

  • Type: Natural history
  • Object: Whale Bone
  • Materials: Bone, ivory, tooth
  • Culture Group: Other
  • Dimensions: Unknown
  • Production Date: Pre 1967
  • Associated Places: Banana Islands
  • Associated People: James MacCarthy
  • Museum: Sierra Leone National Museum
  • Accession Number: SLNM.1967.11.03