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Inuit items collection

Please note that not all items listed are displayed and that the
listing is not comprehensive but intended for guidance only

mystery figure
Arctic figure of unknown origin and purpose

This figure is around 450 mm (18") tall and is made of skin wetted and stretched over wood, with some metal fastenings. It has an oval base and is described as being from a model kayak. It weighs around 2 kilos (4lb) which is unusually heavy because Arctic peoples moved frequently so their possessions were light and portable. Also wood and metal were scarce.

So far we have found nothing similar in the collections of other museums. The style and workmanship do not look European.

The Museum would like to hear from you if you have any information about our strange figure, or if you have seen anything similar.

bear comb
bone knife eye shade
Bone knifeEye shade

(Some items are too fragile for regular display) Collection includes:


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