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Museum catalogue: Arctic Material Culture Collection


Finger protector


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Accession no.: N: 814
Title: Finger protector
Description: Finger protector. Tunumiit (East Greenlanders). Tasiilaq (Ammassalik), Kalaallit Nunaata Tunua (East Greenland), 1930-1933.
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 Finger protectors
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 two main pieces of dehaired seal skin. Lower section is made from a single piece of dark brown dehaired seal skin shaped to cover thumb. Upper section is made from a U-shaped piece of light brown dehaired seal skin overlaid with three parallel bands of seal skin applique. Applique consists of two parallel rows of cream seal skin separated by equidistantly spaced squares of same. Straight edge is overlaid with 13 mm wide band of cream dehaired seal skin. Five ridges of cream dehaired seal skin separate the two sections. The second and fourth ridge are wrapped with equidistantly spaced blocks of black thread. Structural sewing is with sinew; applique and decoration are with thread.

  • Width: 56mm, height: 32mm, length: 56mm
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