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Image: Bone knife with three metal blades [meteoric iron]

Bone knife with three metal blades [meteoric iron]
Greenland tool

10 x 1 in. (25 x 3 cm)

Inuit (aka Eskimo, Inuk)

Object Type: tool
Creation Places: North America, Greenland, Northwest Greenland
Medium and Support: bone on metal
Credit Line: Gift of Donald and Miriam MacMillan
Accession Number: 1966.4
This knife has an antler handle and a series of small blades made from chips of meteoric iron. It was probably made before European and American whalers and explorers became frequent visitors to northwestern Greenland in the ninteenth century, bringing with them smelted iron in many forms.

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