M5810 | Snow knife

 
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Snow knife
Anonyme - Anonymous
Eastern Arctic
Inuit: Thule
1000-1700, 11th to 17th century (Thule)
Ivory
4.5 x 25.3 cm
Gift of Miss Mabel Molson
M5810
© McCord Museum
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Inuit families lived through the long months of winter in shelters made of snow, or igloos. Such structures, so perfectly suited to the northern environment, were made from blocks of snow cut with knives like this one. It took about one hour for an Inuit man to build an igloo.