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Museum catalogue: Arctic Material Culture Collection


Bladder-float, model

Accession no.: N: 201b
Title: Bladder-float, model
Description: Bladder-float, model. Tunumiit (East Greenlanders). Tasiilaq (Ammassalik), Kalaallit Nunaata Tunua (East Greenland), no date.
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 Models
Field collection:
Person Rymill, John Riddoch >
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:

Made from a single piece of wood stained dark brown carved with fore and hind flippers. Two flattened ivory pegs are attached to each end of dehaired seal skin thong which is threaded through hole in float. Dehaired seal skin line is inserted into pointed end of float. Opposite end of line is slit. Semi-circular piece of ivory attached to another seal skin line is threaded through slit. Rectangular piece of ivory with two circular holes is attached to line. End of line is threaded through lateral line channel on underside of ivory harpoon head. Head is carved with triangular pointed blade, notched sides and circular basal socket.

Related record(s):
  • 201 a-i
  • Width: 16mm (float), length: 640mm (total)