Object photography

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Object description

  • Inuit artist
  • Skimmer, mid-late 19th century
  • Wood
  • Ungava Bay, Labrador, Arctic, Canada
  • L: 6 in, W: 4 3/8 in, D: 2 1/2 in (L: 15.2 cm, W: 11.1 cm, D: 6.3 cm)
  • Gift of the Smithsonian Institution, 1884
  • E3609


This skimmer spoon is made out of wood. The main body is a shallow dish, deepening at the rear. At the back, a straight broad handle extends away from the dish at an obtuse angle. The top of the handle has a lip, allowing easier gripping.