Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of snow skis
  • unknown Kalaallit (Greenland Inuit) maker
  • pair of snow skis, late 1800s–1895
  • Where object was made: Greenland
  • wood, seal fur, sealskin, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: a) 182.5 x 11 x 8.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: a) 71 7/8 x 4 5/16 x 3 3/8 in
    Object Length/Width/Depth: b) 180.5 x 11 x 12 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: b) 71 1/16 x 4 5/16 x 4 3/4 in
  • Gift of Lewis Lindsay Dyche
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7442.a,b

The wooden skis are partially covered with seal fur. There are narrow slats of wood, turned up at one end and tapered. Most of the top side of the ski is left bare, but there is a rectangle of fur near the center for the footbed. There are sealskin leather straps on either side, and a sealskin leather strip from the tip to the front of the foot bed. The bottom and edges are covered with seal fur.