- Museum number
Feeding bowl or spoon, rectangular with rounded corners, [also used as blubber / fat scraper], carved from mammoth ivory (?), with human head and seal's head side-by-side at one end.
- Production date
- 1800-1826 (circa)
Height: 3 centimetres
Length: 11 centimetres
Width: 7 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Initially documented in Christy "Additions, 1868-1877", p.241, June 10th. 1872, no.40 "Ivory feeding bowl or spoon. Point Hope." The second (apparently) of two items listed in Christy Register (the first is described simply as "Ivory model boat" - see separate record) this spoon is noted there as [being registered on] "Another Slip". That Slip was found in the early 1980s by CDMS staff in an envelope marked "Cancelled and duplicate slips" (passed to the then Keeper, M.McLeod in 9/1981) but the object IS in the collections (and, NB, the model boat has NOT been identified).
The "feeding bowl" was described by J.C.King as a "blubber / fat scraper and spoon" in a note to J.Hamill (3/6/1999; both Ethno.Dept. staff).
- On display (G26/dc19)
- Exhibition history
1984 13 Dec-1986 Jun, Museum of Mankind, Inuit / Eskimo: People of the North American Arctic, Case: "Domestic Life"
1999-2020 25 Jun-19 Aug, BM Room 26; Gallery of North America, Case: "Working with Ivory and Stone"
2020-2021 October-Feb, London, BM, Arctic: culture and climate
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Given to Christy Collection by A.W.Franks, 10/6/1872. Previously Belcher Collection [Sale] Lot 268.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Am1872C1.18231 (old CDMS no.)