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ulu / knife

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Am1953,04.1

  • Description

    Large ulu or woman's knife, the single piece lunate blade of native (?) copper, the tang set directly into a musk ox orn handle.

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 1800-1850
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 18 centimetres
    • Height: 11 centimetres
    • Depth: 3 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Capt Richard Collinson (1811-83) was the commander of the Enterprise, 1850-55. There are othr collections from him in the Hancock Museum. PAT 2/10/00Jenness 1946 pp. 80-83 illustrates many different types of ulu from the Inuinnait, but not this type with a single piece copper blade with the tang set directly in the handle.

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  • Location

    Not on display

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1953

  • Acquisition notes

    Register: 'Copper Eskimo. Canada. Labelled 'Arctic Expedition 1850' & formerly in possession of the donor's grandfather, c. 1850. Possibly collected by Capt. R Colinson on the Franklin search expedition 1851-54 HMS Enterprise'. The handle seems to have traces of ink inscription on both sides including the name 'Collinson'; letter files still to be checked.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Am1953,04.1


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