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Snow goggles
Greenland clothing accessory

ca. 1925
2 x 6 3/4 x 1 1/4 in. (5 x 17 x 3 cm)

Inuit (aka Eskimo, Inuk)

Object Type: clothing accessory
Creation Places: North America, Greenland, Northwest Greenland
Medium and Support: wood
Credit Line: Gift of Donald and Miriam MacMillan
Accession Number: 1966.27
Inuit across the Arctic made snow goggles like this of wood, bone, or antler, to protect their eyes from the intense light during the long days of spring when the sun reflects off snow and ice. The narrow slits reduce the amount of light while allowing nearly unobstructed vision.

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