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ulu (knife)
  • unknown Chugach maker
  • ulu (knife), late 1800s–1977
  • Where object was made: Sitka, Alaska, United States
  • wood, metal, pigment
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 15 x 1.5 x 17 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 5 7/8 x 9/16 x 6 11/16 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5694

The knife has a wooden handle and a metal blade. The wooden handle is rounded, but offset. The front end is narrow and the wide end has a semicircular hole. The wood is colored red and has three grooves under the hole and a pair of grooves around the perimeter. There is a row of triangles along the bottom edge. The metal blade is semicircular.