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Museum catalogue: Arctic Material Culture Collection



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Accession no.: N: 939a
Title: Knife
Description: Knife, in case with rock specimens (N: 939). Inughuit. Port Foulke, Kalaallit Nunaata Avannaarsua (North Greenland), May 1875- November 1876.
Classified name:
Current cultural affiliation Inughuit
Former cultural affiliation Polar Eskimo
Current place name Kalaallit Nunaata Avannaarsua > Port Foulke
Former place name Northwest Greenland > Port Foulke
Getty AAT Knives
Field collection:
Person Aldrich, Pelham
Date 5/1875
Place Denmark > Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland) > Port Foulke
Number of items: 1
Full description:

Handle is made from two pieces of bone spliced together and secured with sinew wrapping through 4 circular holes in each surface. Two curved metal blades are inserted into groove on underside. Six additional circular holes through proximal end of handle. Rectangular paper label: "Eskimo Knife. Picked up by me when walking in the neighbourhood of Port Foulke". Knife is mounted in a double-hinged wooden case with rock specimens, fossil leaves, and other fossils with label: "Rock Specimens And other things. Brought back by Lt. Pelham Aldrich, from Grant Land, Nares Expedition, 1875-76. Presented by Mrs. Aldrich."

  • Width: 33mm ((approximate - measurement taken through case)), length: 285mm (approximate - measurement taken through case)