Blubber dish - ROM2005_5550_1


Blubber dish

Maker: Copper Inuit
Medium:Wood, copper
Geography: Victoria Island, Canada
Date: 1918
35 x 20.5 x 11 cm
Object number: HC4652
Credit Line: Gift of Inspector Charles D. LaNauze
On view
Gallery Location:Daphne Cockwell Gallery dedicated to First Peoples art & culture
DescriptionSeal blubber was used as fuel for oil lamps. Frozen blubber was kept in sealskin bags and when required as fuel, pieces of blubber were taken from the bag and pounded until soft and liquefied. The dripping piece of blubber was then placed into the reservoir of the lamp to feed the wick. Collected by Inspector Charles D. LaNauze while a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
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