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miniature kayak with figure and harpoon
  • unknown Kalaallit (Greenland Inuit) maker
  • miniature kayak with figure and harpoon, late 1800s
  • Where object was made: Greenland
  • wood, sealskin, ivory, bone, string, cloth, ink, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Length: a 5 x 6.5 x 70.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: a 1 15/16 x 2 1/2 x 27 3/4 in
    Object Height/Width/Depth: b 11.5 x 25 x 5.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: b 4 1/2 x 9 13/16 x 2 1/8 in
    Object Length/Width: c 32 x 0.7 cm
    Object Length/Width: c 12 5/8 x 1/4 in
  • Gift of Lewis Lindsay Dyche
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6078.a,b,c
Label Text

The miniature kayak (2007.6078.a) has a person with a paddle (2007.6078.b), and a harpoon (2007.6078.c).

The kayak has a wooden frame with light brown skin stretched over the top. There are small ivory rectangles fasted at the top near the center opening and another fastened near the end. Each point has an ivory knob and one end has a bone or ivory guard on the underside of the kayak.

The person has the top half of the body only, intended to sit into the opening of the kayak. He is soft bodied, his shoulders and arms are made of cotton cloth. He is wearing a sealsking garment over his torso. His face is drawn on. He is holding a wooden paddle, each blade has a small bone piece at the end.

The harpoon has a wooden shaft and an ivory point. The opposite end is notched.