Snow knife

Description
This knife is shaped for a hand grip as well as for attaching to a harpoon shaft. Collected 1826-7 by Peard on the voyage of HMS Blossom.
Accession Loan No.
51/1916/56
Collection Class
Tools for farm and craft
Common Name
snow knife
Simple Name
knife
Full Name
snow knife
Dimensions
whole length 244 mm; whole width 13 mm; whole depth 22 mm
Cultural Group
Inupiat or Yup’ik Eskimo
Production County
Bering Strait / Northwest Alaska
Production Area Region
N
Production Continent
America
Family Group

Material
walrus ivory
Function Name
tool
Function Detail
Used in areas where snow blocks were cut to build igloos for temporary shelter or to be melted into water.
Collection Area Region
N
Collection Continent
America

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