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THE ROLE OF IVORY: MANUFACTURING TOOLS
THE ROLE OF IVORY | HOW THE INUIT HAVE USED IVORY

Ulu
Made of ivory and steel

The ulu is a semi-lunar knife often referred to as a “woman’s knife.” It is a multi-purpose tool used for scraping and cutting. For removing blubber and hair, the sealskin is draped over a scraping board. The bevelled edge of the blade is held against the skin; cutting pressure is regulated by the index and middle fingers braced on the blade face. The scraping motion is away from the worker.

From the Western Arctic
Dating to the late 19th - early 20th century
HC1343


HUNTING & FISHING EQUIPMENT
TRAVELLING EQUIPMENT
MANUFACTURING TOOLS
DOMESTIC TOOLS

Ulu, 914.18.4 / HC1343

Ulu, 914.18.4 / HC1343
Skin Scraper, HC1334 Whittling Knife, NS22141      
 
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