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Museum catalogue: Arctic Material Culture Collection



Accession no.: Y: 49/32/1a-b
Title: Mitten
Description: Mittens, one pair, seal skin. Iglulingmiut (Iglulik Inuit). Made by wife of Atagusyogasiak, Iglulik, Nunavut, Canada, 24 August 1948.
Classified name:
Current cultural affiliation Iglulingmiut
Former cultural affiliation Iglulik Eskimo
Current place name Canada > Nunavut > Iglulik
Former place name Canada > Northwest Territories > Igloolik
Getty AAT Mittens
Field collection:
Place Canada > Nunavut > Iglulik
Date 1948
Number of items: 2
Full description:

One pair, wrist-length. Each is made from basically four pieces of dehaired cream seal skin (Ringed Seal - from documentation). One piece forms the back of the hand and is turned over the sides and crimped around the ends of the fingers. A single piece of same forms the palm and underside of the thumb. A third piece forms the front of the wrist and top of the thumb. A rectangular strip of same (32 mm wide) is attached around the straight upper edge. Structural sewing is with sinew (caribou - from documentation). b - hole back of hand repaired with seal skin patch on interior sewn with sinew.

  • Width: 145mm (upper edge), length: 225mm