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Museum catalogue: Arctic Material Culture Collection


Harpoon head, line, model

Accession no.: Y: 88/1/51gg
Title: Harpoon head, line, model
Description: Harpoon head and line, model, ivory. Iglulingmiut (Iglulik Inuit). Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, 1929-1934.
Classified name:
Current cultural affiliation Iglulingmiut
Former cultural affiliation Iglulik Eskimo
Current place name Canada > Nunavut > Qikiqtaaluk > Mittimatalik
Former place name Canada > Northwest Territories > Baffin Island > Pond Inlet
Getty AAT Models
Field collection:
Person duncan
Place Canada > Nunavut > Qikiqtaaluk (Baffin Island) > Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet)
Date 1929
Number of items: 1
Full description:

Harpoon head is made from a single piece of ivory. Rectangular shaft flares then tapers towards pointed blade at distal end. Rectangular dorsal spurs at proximal end behind circular basal socket. String line is looped through line channel on underside of head. Line is threaded through circular hole at mid-section of piece of ivory which tapers towards point at one end; triangular depression carved at oblique end. End of line is wrapped around rectangular piece of ivory.

Related record(s):
  • SPRI Picture Library lantern slides
  • SPRI Archives 069.41 Duncan, H.
  • SPRI Archives MS 1576 Harold Duncan Papers; MS 1576/1/1 personal diary, B.C.M.S. Mission, Pond Inlet. January 1930-31 December 1930; MS 1576/1/2 personal log, B.C.M.S. Mission, Pond Inlet. 16 August 1931 - 30 September 1932; MS 1576/1/3 personal diary and journal, B.C.M.S. Mission, Pond Inlet.1 October 1932 - 31 December 1932; MS 1576/1/4 personal diary and journal, B.C.M.S. Mission, Pond Inlet.1 January 1934 - 14 November 1934; MS 1576/2/1 diary letter to his parents, 1 October 1931; MS 1576/2/2 diary letter to his parents, 9 September 1932; MS 1576/2/3 diary letter to his parents, 12 August 1933; MS 1576/2/4 diary letter to his parents, 17 September 1933; MS 1576/3 diary letter, Pond's Inlet, 4 October 1934 - 12 September 1935.
  • Photocopied papers relating to Harold Duncan Oral History Project filed at 92 [Duncan, H.N.]
  • Photocopied photographs taken by Jack Turner, Harold Duncan and others filed at 92 [Duncan, H.N.]
  • SPRI Archives - 12 tape recordings (12 hours) of Harold Duncan by Wendy Arundale, April - May, 1989. Last tape includes comments on some of the objects.
  • 88/1/51 a-hh is a group of 34 ivory carvings and objects. Some may be associated with model ivory kayaks (88/1/44, 88/1/45) or may form parts of a complete object.
  • Length: 391mm