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Composite oval-shaped wooden box with baleen sides and wooden base.
Width: 5.90 - 12.80 centimetres
Height: 6.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
In the 1939 register, this collection is described as "An archaeological series from the Eskimo excavated 50 miles north of Thule, West Greenland" however, in his report on the 1937-1938 expedition to Ellesmere Island, published in The Geographical Journal, Vol. 95, No. 4, April 1940, the donor David Haig-Thomas records in an appendix (p.272):
"A small collection was found by an Eskimo while cleaning out an old igloo some 15 miles north of Thule. This has been presented by me to the British Museum. A list of the objects, compiled by Mr. Adrian Digby, of the Department of Ethnography, British Museum, is deposited in the Library, R.G.S. [Royal Geographical Society]. Most specimens are of undoubted Thule culture."
For another example of this type of baleen box (or cup), see T. Matthiassen, The Archaeology of the Central Eskimo (Copenhagen 1927) pl.53, no.3. which illustrates a similar object excavated at Qilalukan, Ponds Inlet, Baffin Island during the Danish 5th Thule Expedition in 1923.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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