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Museum catalogue: Arctic Material Culture Collection



Accession no.: N: 227a-b
Title: Bladder-float
Description: Bladder-float. 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)
Getty AAT Watercraft equipment
Field collection:
Person Cozens, Henry Iliffe >
Organisation British Arctic Air Route Expedition 1930-31 >
Place Kalaallit Nunaata Tunu (East Greenland) > Tasiilaq (Ammassalik, Angmassalik)
Date 1930
Number of items: 2
Full description:

Made from a whole dehaired seal skin (a). Holes for fore and hind flippers and anus are closed with wrapping of braided sinew. One circular and one elliptical wooden plug are inserted into holes (from harpooning seal -Thalbitzer 1912: 456). Ivory plug (for inflating float) is inserted behind right fore flipper. Loop of partially dehaired seal skin thong is inserted into float beside a large circular wood plug. L-shaped wooden pegs (for fastening the float to the deck of the kayak - Thalbitzer 1912: 457, figure 156) are threaded on dehaired seal skin thong. Dehaired seal skin thong is sewn between the neck and hind flippers (see note).

  • Diameter: 3900mm