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Museum catalogue: Arctic Material Culture Collection


Sledge, model; doll

Accession no.: N: 76a-b
Title: Sledge, model; doll
Description: Sledge, model, wood (a); doll (b). Tunumiit (East Greenland Inuit). Tasiilaq (Ammassalik), Kalaallit Nunaata Tunua (East Greenland).
Classified name:
Cultural affiliation Tunumiit (East Greenland Eskimo; East Greenland Inuit; Tunuamiut; Tunumiut)
Geographic area Denmark > Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland) > Sermersooq > Tasiilaq (Ammassalik)
Getty AAT Dolls
Field collection:
Place Denmark > Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland) > Sermersooq > Tasiilaq (Ammassalik)
Number of items: 2
Full description:

a: Sledge has wood runners which are vertical at the rear and curve upwards and taper towards straight front. Bottom edge, front and part of upper edge of runners are overlaid with ivory secured with 14 circular rivets. Six wood cross-pieces are attached at right angles across the runners. Nylon filament? is wound around two notches at each end of cross-pieces and threaded through hole in upper edge of runner. Two upright L-shaped wooden stands are lashed to two cross-pieces at the rear through two holes in the base of the stand, around the ends of the cross-pieces and through two holes in upper edge of each runner. Upper ends of stands are capped with ivory. A horizontal cross bar is tied between the stands. Nylon filament? in X-motif is looped around cross bar and through two circular holes in rear cross-piece. Filament is threaded through oval-shaped ivory toggle at centre. Ends of nylon filament? trace are threaded and knotted through two circular holes in foremost cross-piece and through ivory toggle to form a loop. Another loop is threaded through circular holes in four flat oval ivory toggles which are attached to four filaments threaded and knotted through holes in four pointed ivory toggles.

b: Male doll is made of wood dressed in a parka, trousers and boots. Elongated face is carved with triangular nose and open elliptical mouth. Hair, eyebrows, eyes and lips are outlined with black pencil. Waist-length parka is made from cream dehaired seal skin with upstanding hood, long sleeves, Extension under the chin at the front and dropped shoulders. Ankle-length trousers are made from dark brown partially dehaired seal skin. Boots are each made from two pieces of dark brown seal skin. A single piece forms the sole which is turned over the sides of the foot; a second piece forms the upper foot and leg section seamed vertically along centre front and across instep. Structural sewing is with beige thread, beige string and black thread.

  • a: Width: 97mm, height: 107mm, length: 242mm
  • b: Width: 76mm, height: 177mm