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Ulu knife

North America

Object connections:

Collection North America, World Cultures
Gallery locationPolar Worlds Gallery (Floor plans)
PeopleProvenance: Back, George

Object details:

Object ID AAA2625
Description Ulu or woman's knife used for flaying animal carcasses. The ivory blade is edged with a Goldner tin can which has been riveted on. The bone handle is sewn to the blade with sinew. It is likely to have been made from salvaged metal from the supplies of Sir John Franklin's expedition of 1845 - Goldner had the contract to supply this exhibition with tinned food. The item may be part of a collection of ethnographic material made by Admiral Sir George Back (1796-1878), however as the Franklin searches took place after Back's last visit to the Arctic, it may alternatively be one of the four ulu's associated with Charles Hall's expeditions. If so, it would be one of the two examples which came from King William Island.
Date made After 1848

Artist/Maker Unknown
Place made Nunavut
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Greenwich Hospital Collection
Materials iron; bone; walrus ivory
Measurements Overall: 103 x 89 mm
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