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qutdleg (blubber lamp)
  • unknown Kalaallit (Greenland Inuit) maker
  • qutdleg (blubber lamp), late 1800s
  • Where object was made: Greenland
  • stone, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 48 x 19 x 7.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 18 7/8 x 7 1/2 x 2 15/16 in
  • Gift of Lewis Lindsay Dyche
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6092

The shallow stone basin is "D" shaped with a shallower rim for the vertical element of the "D" and deeper rim for the curved portion of the "D." It has a flat bottom. It is grey.

A moss wick would have been lain in animal fat. It was light and was tended by women.