- Museum number
Sail made of sea mammal intestine, either walrus or bearded seal: sewn with sinew.
- Production date
- 1800-1826 (circa)
Length: 165 centimetres
Width: 180 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Kotzebue elders visit: first time any have seen a sail not made of canvas. Used for umiak. Walrus intestine best material because it remains strong and flexible in both wet and dry and conditions. It would probably have been oiled, and it would have to be stored moist.
Seams are 'waterproof' stitches, of the same type as for gut parkas - complex and time-consuming work using very thin sinew. Much stronger, resistant to ripping.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2020-2021 October-Feb, London, BM, Arctic: culture and climate
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 1984,Q.3 (former query number)