E0219: Inuit- Knife

Ethnographic

Identifier:
E0219
Classification Category:
10:Unclassifiable Artifacts ➞ Multiple Use Artifact
Materials:
animal ➔ bone
metal
Dimensions:
23 cm L
3 cm W
Provenance of Object:
Alaska, U.S. This object was held in the museum that Luther College started in 1877. This museum eventually grew into the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, and following this, non-Norwegian American ethnographic objects were returned to Luther and accessioned into the college’s Anthropology Collection. Without additional documentation, was likely obtained by the Luther College Museum (later the Norwegian-American Museum) between the late 19th century and early 20th century.
Ethnic Group:
Native American ➞ Inuit
Production Date:
Late 19th Century-Early 20th Century
Use/Function:
"Use for fine whittling and carving on wood, ivory, bone, etc., "crooked knives" consisting of a small blade, set on the under side of the end of a long curved haft. Mad of iron or steel, intended specifically for cutting bone and ivory. The knife is held close to the blade between the index and second fingers of the right hand with the thumb over the edge, which is toward the workman." - Murdoch, John. Point Barrow Expedition. p. 57
Source Locality:
Alaska, USA
Description:
Crooked-style Inuit knife made of bone, metal, and willows strips.
Related Collections
Accession: 1996.ETHN62, 1/1/96 Donated by: Unknown (1996.ETHN62)