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Museum catalogue: Arctic Material Culture Collection




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Accession no.: N: 218(1)
Title: Trousers
Description: Trousers, man's, seal skin. Tunumiit (East Greenlanders). Tasiilaq (Ammassalik), Kalaallit Nunaata Tunua (East Greenland), 1931.
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)
Gender male
Getty AAT Trousers
Field collection:
Person Cozens, Henry Iliffe >
Organisation British Arctic Air Route Expedition 1930-31 >
Place Kalaallit Nunaata Tunu (East Greenland) > Tasiilaq (Ammasssalik, Angmagssalik)
Date 1931
Number of items: 1
Full description:

Man's, outer, knee-length. Made from seal skin with the hair to the exterior. Left side of centre front opening is backed with dehaired dark brown seal skin with two slits; right side of front opening is bordered with band of seal skin with the hair to the interior. For closure, slits may have corresponded to buttons (now missing). 40 mm wide band of seal skin with the hair to the interior is sewn across upper edge around waist. Six vertical loops of dehaired dark brown seal skin are attached around band for accomodation of a belt. Pockets of dehaired skin are attached to interior on each side of front. A narrow strip of dark brown seal skin and a wider (65 mm) band of cream haired seal skin are added to bottom of each leg. Twisted string is tied to one loop. Structural sewing is with sinew.

  • Width: 455mm (across waist), length: 772mm
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