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Museum catalogue: Arctic Material Culture Collection



Accession no.: N: 232a-b
Title: Mitten
Description: Mittens, one pair, man's, seal skin. Tunumiit (East Greenlanders). Tasiilaq (Ammassalik), Kalaallit Nunatta 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 Mittens
Field collection:
Person Cozens, Henry Iliffe >
Organisation British Arctic Air Route Expedition 1930-31 >
Place Kalaallit Nunaata Tunu (East Greenland) > Tasiilaq (Ammassalik)
Date 1930
Number of items: 2
Full description:

One pair, man's. Flares towards straight upper edge at mid-forearm. Each is made from seal skin with the cream hair to the exterior. A single piece forms the back of the hand, palm, underside of the thumb and part of the front. A single piece of same forms most of the front and top of the thumb on mitten a; on mitten b, half of front and top of the thumb are each made from a single piece. 29 mm wide band of cream dehaired seal skin is sewn to the upper edge. Band is decorated with three parallel horizontal rows of repeated diamonds made of alternating red and dark brown dehaired seal skin sewn with black cotton thread. 20 mm wide band of seal skin with the dark brown hair to the exterior and interior is sewn to the straight upper edge. Loop of same is sewn to back upper edge of mitten a; tie of dehaired seal skin is sewn to back upper edge of mitten b. Structural sewing and applique are with sinew and black and beige cotton thread.

  • Width: 180mm, length: 340mm