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Museum catalogue: Arctic Material Culture Collection



Accession no.: N: 174a-b
Title: Mitten
Description: Mittens, one pair. Inughuit. Qaanaaq (Thule), Kalaallit Nunaata Avannaarsua (North Greenland), 1938.
Classified name:
Current cultural affiliation Inughuit
Former cultural affiliation Polar Eskimo
Current place name Kalaallit Nunaata Avannaarsua > Qaanaaq
Former place name North Greenland > Thule
Getty AAT Mittens
Field collection:
Place Kalaallit Nunaata Avannaarsua (North Greenland) > Qaanaaq (Thule)
Date 1938
Number of items: 2
Full description:

One pair, wrist-length. The back of the hand, front of the wrist and top of the thumb are made from dog (puppy) skin with the dark brown fur to the exterior. A single piece of dark brown dehaired seal skin forms the palm and the underside of the thumb. Two rectangular strips of polar bear skin (48 mm wide) with the cream fur to the interior are attached around the straight upper edge. Tie of dark brown dehaired seal skin is inserted into the seam on the back of the hand. Structural sewing is with sinew.

  • Width: 190mm, length: 310mm (including fur)