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Image: Stone cooking pot, or qilissiut

Stone cooking pot, or qilissiut

4 1/2 x 9 3/4 x 6 1/2 in. (11 x 25 x 17 cm)

Inuit (aka Eskimo, Inuk) Primary

Object Type: cookware
Creation Places: North America
Medium and Support: stone
Credit Line: Gift of Donald and Miriam MacMillan
Accession Number: 1966.63
A deep pot carved from soapstone covered with lichen, this serves as an all-purpose pot for heating water and cooking meat as well as serving it. There are holes drilled in each corner for suspension. A hole in the bottom means the pot, or qilissuit, was "killed" once its owner could no longer use it.

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