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Auction archive: Lot number 71

Oddities, curiosities and wonders

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Auction archive: Lot number 71

Oddities, curiosities and wonders

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Beschreibung:

KAYAK GREENLAND 1930 474 cm Provenance: H.C. Pedersen collection. References: British Museum (London), National Museum of the American Indians (Washington), Museum of Natural History (New York). The kayak is equipped with all of the necessary tools for hunting, such as: a heavy harpoon used to hunt the great sea mammals; a leather thong to retrieve the harpoon; a spear made of iron, wood, and whale bone; a harpoon for hunting birds made of wood, iron and whale bone; a paddle of wood and whale bone; gloves in seal-leather; a float. The kayak itself was made with wood, whale bone, and seal leather. The invention of the kayak made possible the hunting of great sea mammals in the coldest northern lands. Thanks to the kayak the arctic people’s survival was ensured. The kayak is a very versatile craft. It can be used on placid inland waters as well as off shore. Before its invention the hunting of sea mammals was often very dangerous, difficult, and often unsuccessful. To better understand the importance of these animals in a country where the low temperatures enabled survival of just a few forms of life - seals, sea-lions, whales and so on, it must be remembered that they provided the only available sustenance (they supplied meat, leather for clothing, fat for food, fat for fuel, bones and ivory for tools). The Greenland kayaks are mainly known for their peculiar structure. Aside from being fast and agile, when perfectly command- ed, they immediately allow the boat to right itself if turned over. The use of a light frame wrapped into animals’ leathers was a pragmatic choice suggested by the availability of these materials. For the arctic people wood is an extremely rare and precious commodity. As a result they devised a light, swift and resistant craft.

Auction archive: Lot number 71
Auction:
Datum:
22 Apr 2021
Auction house:
Bertolami Fine Arts
Piazza Lovatelli 1
00186 Rom
Italy
[email protected]
+39 06 3260 9795
+39 06 3230 610
Beschreibung:

KAYAK GREENLAND 1930 474 cm Provenance: H.C. Pedersen collection. References: British Museum (London), National Museum of the American Indians (Washington), Museum of Natural History (New York). The kayak is equipped with all of the necessary tools for hunting, such as: a heavy harpoon used to hunt the great sea mammals; a leather thong to retrieve the harpoon; a spear made of iron, wood, and whale bone; a harpoon for hunting birds made of wood, iron and whale bone; a paddle of wood and whale bone; gloves in seal-leather; a float. The kayak itself was made with wood, whale bone, and seal leather. The invention of the kayak made possible the hunting of great sea mammals in the coldest northern lands. Thanks to the kayak the arctic people’s survival was ensured. The kayak is a very versatile craft. It can be used on placid inland waters as well as off shore. Before its invention the hunting of sea mammals was often very dangerous, difficult, and often unsuccessful. To better understand the importance of these animals in a country where the low temperatures enabled survival of just a few forms of life - seals, sea-lions, whales and so on, it must be remembered that they provided the only available sustenance (they supplied meat, leather for clothing, fat for food, fat for fuel, bones and ivory for tools). The Greenland kayaks are mainly known for their peculiar structure. Aside from being fast and agile, when perfectly command- ed, they immediately allow the boat to right itself if turned over. The use of a light frame wrapped into animals’ leathers was a pragmatic choice suggested by the availability of these materials. For the arctic people wood is an extremely rare and precious commodity. As a result they devised a light, swift and resistant craft.

Auction archive: Lot number 71
Auction:
Datum:
22 Apr 2021
Auction house:
Bertolami Fine Arts
Piazza Lovatelli 1
00186 Rom
Italy
[email protected]
+39 06 3260 9795
+39 06 3230 610
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