Crooked knife - ROM2005_5317_1


Crooked knife

Maker: Inuit
Medium:Ivory, metal
Geography: Possibly Eastern Arctic, North America
Date: early 20th century
19.5 x 4.8 x 3.3 cm
Object number: 941.46.83
Credit Line: Gift of Major Lachlin T. Burwash
On view
Gallery Location:Daphne Cockwell Gallery dedicated to First Peoples art & culture
DescriptionThe crooked knife is held with the sharpened face of the blade facing the worker. The knife is drawn along the worked surface toward the body. The engraved image on the handle is a visual pun where in one view a caribou is shown standing on four legs; when the knife handle is turned, however, the caribou is shown sitting on its haunches.
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