Snow Goggles
Snow Goggles
Snow Goggles
Snow Goggles


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Collection Tier:
Tier 2

Native American - Northwest Coast
Native American ➔ Snow Goggles

Identifier:
112152
Description:
Carved wooden spectacle-like goggles with visor projection over eye slits, front colored with red ochre.

These snow goggles are from an Inuit tribe in Northern Canada. Snow goggles protected the wearer's eyes from the harsh glare of the sun off the snow, preventing snow blindness. Originally they were made from ivory, but wood became more common in the late 19th century.

See Nelson, 1899(1983), Plate LXIV: 8 for very similar ones from Cape Darby. Also pictured Fitzhugh and Kaplan, 1982, fig. 91 (USNM 44256).
Date:
circa 1900
Materials:
Wood, Hide, Red Ochre
Dimensions:
2" h 6" w 2.25" d
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Source:
Gift of F. S. Hall
Rights:

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F. S. Hall

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