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The kolam, or "rangoli" is a traditional mandala, a geometric pattern, that women design in front of their houses during festivities. In Tamil culture is a strong form of expression by the women, who express their feelings in this secret way.
Scrimshaw whales tooth, signed M.S., and dated July 10th 1864. Ship: Eliza Adams, off the Coast of Madagascar. The obverse is engraved with a whaleship in the background, flying the American flag. The captain is also inscribed: Capt. J.W. Cornell.