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Pair of snow spectacles or goggles, carved from antler (?), with sinew attachments pegged into the goggles, and strung with a strap of seal skin. The slits are worked between two drilled holes and have a slight diamond shape. The goggles are curved in vertical cross section, and horizontally, with differential gaps for the nose, a broader depression of course on the lower side. The exterior of the goggles is engraved with six sets of geometric designs, each a double 'Y' set horizontally, with two lines above and below.
- Production date
Height: 2.70 centimetres
Width: 13.50 centimetres
Depth: 2.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
see JCH King `First Peoples, First Contacts' British Museum press 1999
Jenness 1946 illustrates an undecorated pair, pp 51-52, and says that they were of the usual shape, 'not uncommon' with projecting brow pieces, and that the slits were of even width, rarely wider at the inner end as examples from Hudson Bay.
- Not on display
- 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 25 Jun-2005 Mar, BM Room 26; Gallery of North America, Case: "The Arctic"
2005-2007 Apr-Jan, Ottawa, National Gallery of Canada, Art of this Land
2007 Mar-2011 2 Mar, BM Room 26; Gallery of North America, Case: "The Arctic"
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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