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Museum catalogue: Arctic Material Culture Collection


Harpoon head


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Accession no.: Y: 2004/1/11
Title: Harpoon head
Description: Harpoon head. Inughuit. Qaanaaq (Thule), Kalaallit Nunaata Avannaarsua (North Greenland), 1937.
Classified name:
Current cultural affiliation Inughuit
Former cultural affiliation Polar Eskimo
Current place name Kalaallit Nunaata Avannaarsua > Qaanaaq
Former place name North Greenland > Thule
Getty AAT Harpoons
Field collection:
Person feachem
Place Kalaallit Nunaata Avannaarsua (North Greenland) > Qaanaaq (Thule)
Date 1937
Number of items: 1
Full description:

Body is made from a single piece of ivory which flares towards two dorsal spurs at notched proximal end. Circular basal socket (for insertion of foreshaft) is drilled behind lateral line channel on underside. Straight proximal end of metal (iron) blade with pointed bevelled tip is inserted into split in pointed distal end of body and secured with a circular metal (iron) rivet. Triangular spur on each side of body 50 mm from distal end. White and blue paper glued to one side of body: "Thule 1937"

Related record(s):
  • Y: 2004/1/1-18
  • Width: 31mm, length: 108mm
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