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snow goggles, Inuit type

Polar Equipment and Relics

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Object ID AAA4314
Description Over thousands of years, Inuit have come up with ingenious solutions to combat the effects of harsh arctic conditions on the body. These goggles, which limit the user’s field of vision, prevent ‘snow-blindness’; a form of temporary blindness caused by prolonged exposure to bright sunlight reflected off snow or ice. A curved wooden shield fitting over the eyes. There is a hole at eather end to attach a cord to hold it on. The wearer sees through a slit in the device which has a semi-circular indent to fit it over the nose. The item is associated with HMS 'Phoenix' and the 1854 Franklin search expedition.
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Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Materials wood
Measurements Overall: 29 x 140 x 38 mm
  • snow goggles, Inuit type (AAA4314)
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