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Blubber Lamps

These four blubber lamps were brought back from Western Greenland by L.L Dyche, in 1895. These pieces are made out of stone, so they are quite heavy for their size. Inuit women would put a moss wick(s) and seal fat or blubber in the bowl of the lamp. They would ignite it and use this to create a smokeless light. They would sometimes use it for cooking or heat as well.

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Seal Oil Lamp (Quitdceg).

Measurements

Length: 22 cm
Width:15 cm

Dark stone and a shallow bowl.

Catalogue Number: E2038

 

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Blubber Lamp

Measurements

Length: 47.5 cm
Height: 5 cm
Width: 19 cm

Gray stone and a shallow bowl; heavy.

Catalogue Number: E2053

 

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Blubber Lamp

Measurements

Length: 21.5 cm
Height: 4 cm
Width: 12 cm

Thick base and a shallow bowl.

Catalogue Number: E2052

 

Blubber Lamp

 

Measurements

Length: 49 cm
Height: 5 cm
Width: 31 cm

Shallow bowl.

Catalogue Number: E2051

 

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Collection Information

The materials pictured and described on this page are part of the Spencer Museum of
Art's collection, www.spencerart.ku.edu. More information about these objects can be found at http://www.spencerart.ku.edu/search/.

 

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