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Museum catalogue: Arctic Material Culture Collection



Accession no.: N: 118
Title: Boot
Description: Boot, single, man's, seal skin. Inughuit. Cape York, Kalaallit Nunaata Avannaarsua (North Greenland), 1937-1938. New Location: MSA Bay 1A, Box 3, 15.1.2013. SR.
Classified name:
Current cultural affiliation Inughuit
Former cultural affiliation Polar Eskimo
Current place name Kalaallit Nunaata Avannaarsua > Cape York
Former place name North Greenland > Cape York
Getty AAT Kamiks
Field collection:
Person Wright, John Wilfred
Date 1937
Place Kalaallit Nunaata Avannaarsua (North Greenland) > Cape York
Number of items: 1
Full description:

Single, man's, knee-high. Made from dehaired seal skin in basically four piece construction. A single piece of seal skin (bearded - from label) forms the sole which is turned over the sides of the foot and crimped around the toe and heel. A second piece of dehaired seal skin (fjord - from label) forms the upper foot, forming a point at front of leg. Slit in skin, forming a loop, is made at seam on each side of foot 80 mm from toe. Leg section is made from two pieces of dehaired seal skin (fjord - from label) seamed vertically along centre front and one side. Skin at straight upper edge is turned to the interior to form a 19 mm wide casing. Two holes in casing at the back. Structural sewing is with sinew. Hole in leg and vamp patched on the exterior with seal skin. Evidence of wear on sole.

  • Width: 230mm (upper edge), height: 455mm, length: 300mm (sole)