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Ulu knife

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Collection World Cultures, North America
User collections Collectables (All) by blueheatwave
Collectables (Americas / Canada) by blueheatwave
Gallery locationNot on display
EventsArctic Exploration: Franklin Search Expedition, Hall, 1864-9

Object details:

Object ID AAA2640
Description Woman's knife or ulu, used by the Inuit to flay animal carcasses. A wooden handle on a steel shaft has been riveted onto the blade. Four ulu are listed in the 1913 draft Royal Naval Museum Catalogue Franklin Room, case 4, number 3. A Royal Naval Museum number '3' is painted on this item. All four were obtained from various sites in the Arctic by the American explorer Charles Hall. Two originated on King William Island, one came from Pelly Bay and one was associated with Edward Parry's winter camp during 1822-3 at Iglulik. They were obtained by the Franklin Search Expedition 1864-9 (leader Captain C.F. Hall) and presented to the Royal Naval Museum, by Sophia Cracroft, Lady Jane Franklin's niece. The Scott Polar Research Institute have a similar example (Y: 88/1/1) from Baffin Island (Qikiqtaaluk) so that this is probably the example collected at Iglulik which is relatively near this area.
Date made early 19th century

Artist/Maker Unknown
Place made Nunavut, Canada
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials wood; steel
Measurements Overall: 100 x 100 x 35 mm
  • Ulu knife (AAA2640)
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