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Image: Ulu with bone handle

Ulu with bone handle
19th Greenland hunting / fishing

ca. 1890
3 1/2 x 3 1/4 x 5/8 in. (9 x 8 x 2 cm)

Inuit (aka Eskimo, Inuk) Primary

Object Type: hunting / fishing
Creation Places: North America, Greenland, Northwest Greenland
Medium and Support: ivory
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Accession Number: 2001.5.1
This small ulu, with an ivory handle and iron blade, was collected by Langdon Gibson on Peary's first expedtion to Northwest Greenland in 1891-2. Across the Arctic Inuit women use such crescent shaped knives for all sorts of cutting, from buthering seals to sewing.

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Provenance History
  • Owner Name: Langdon Gibson
    Role: collector
    Place: Northwest Greenland
    Dates: 1891, 1923

  • Owner Name: Elizabeth Gibson Ferry
    Role: heir
    Dates: 1923?, 2001

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