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Museum catalogue: Arctic Material Culture Collection



Accession no.: N: 189
Title: Sprayskirt
Description: Sprayskirt made of seal skin, used in kayak. Tunumiit (East Greenlanders). Tasiilaq (Ammassalik), Kalaallit Nunaata Tunua (East Greenland), 1930-1933.
Classified name:
Current cultural affiliation Tunumiit
Former cultural affiliation East Greenlanders
Cultural subgroup ammassalimmiut
Current place name Kalaallit Nunaata Tunu > Tasiilaq
Former place name East Greenland > Ammassalik (Angmassalik)
Getty AAT Sprayskirts
Field collection:
Person Riley, Quintin Theodore Petroc Molesworth >
Organisation British Arctic Air Route Expedition 1930-31 >
Place Kalaallit Nunaata Tunu (East Greenland) > Tasiilaq (Ammassalik, Angmassalik)
Date 1930
Number of items: 1
Full description:

Used in kayak. Made from two main pieces of dark brown dehaired seal skin seamed down centre back and one side. Rectangular strip of cream dehaired seal skin is sewn to upper edge to form a 29 mm wide band. Front is longer than back. Bottom edge is turned to the interior to form a casing. Dehaired seal skin thong is threaded through casing emerging through hole at centre front. A narrow strip

  • Height: 390mm