- Museum number
Sledge made of bone, ivory, sealskin, wood, sinew.
- Production date
- 1818 (Circa)
Height: 70 centimetres
Length: 145 centimetres
Width: 57 centimetres
- Curator's comments
From 'The Times', 15 December 1818, p2 column 4:
"The dogs brought by the ships of the Northern Expedition, have for some days past been objects of much attraction at the British Museum. On Friday, one of the poor inoffensive animals was killed in the grounds belonging to that national establishment, for the purpose of its skin being stuffed and placed in the rooms; and the other has been sent to the Museum at Paris, probably for the same purpose. Of the four that remained at the Admiralty, two have been sent to the Duchess of YORK, and the other two to Sir JOSEPH BANKS. The fates of the four latter will be more congenial to the feelings of humanity than those of their companions.-Courier"
From 'The Times', 8 December 1818, p.2 column 4.
"Yesterday morning, the curiosities, &c., brought from Baffins-bay, by Captain Ross, were landed at Whitehall-stairs, from the boats of the Isabella and Alexander discovery ships. There are four dogs and two bitches, the former larger than the latter; three are almost black, one black and white, and two brownish, and appear nearly of the same species as those of Kamschatka, with heads and tails resembling a fox; their skins exceedingly thick, with long hair; they are very docile, and represented as of great strength. Among the curiosities was an amazingly large skin of white bear, about 7 feet in length: a sledge of bone, about 5 feet long and 2 high, with the whip, &c. used by the newly-discovered inhabitants; specimens of mineralogy and botany, and some very remarkable star-fish. The whole of the productions were conveyed to the British Museum, for the inspection of the public."
See Eth Doc 1949 for the 1986 analysis at Kew of the 3 pieces of wood at Kew: two are of Salix or Populus sp; one is of Picea or Larix sp.
- On display (G26/dc10)
- Exhibition history
1984 13 Dec-1986 Jun, Museum of Mankind, Inuit / Eskimo: People of the North American Arctic, Case: "Social Life"
1987-1990 3 Dec-1 Jul, Museum of Mankind, Room 3; Living Arctic: Hunters of the Canadian North
1999-2020 25 Jun-19 Aug, BM Room 26; Gallery of North America, Case: "The Arctic"
2020-2021 October-Feb, London, BM, Arctic: culture and climate
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: Am1980,Q.1 (Q-Register)