Description & Technical information

A very rare form of eye shade used by Ammassalik hunters to protect their eyes from the glare of the sun on the ice floes. The wooden visor is embelished with 14 pegged marine mammal effigies (seals, walrus and several unidentified), and pegged ivory separators. The outer rim is reinforceced with pegged bone strips. The strap is embelished with 42 bone or ivory beads. There are two deeply excavated round spaces on the top of the visor originally for the inlay of ornamental stone or ivory roundels.  Wood, walrus bone, skin and tusk (Odobenus rosmarus divergens).  An old, fragmentary paper label : N° 64 present on the underside.

Date:  19th/20th century
Period:  19th century, 20th century
Origin:  Ammassalik Eskimo, Eastern Greenland.
Medium: Wood, walrus bone, skin and tusk
Dimensions: 15.2 cm (6 inches)
Provenance: Ex coll. :  the Danish artist Werner Pawl (1918-1970). See identical examples in the Gustav Holm collection in the Danish national museum, Copenhagen and in the Greenland National Museum in Nuuk.
Categories: Tribal Art