Lancet. Kodiak Eskimos. USA , Alaska state, Kodiak. North America, The North-West of the continent, Alaska, Kodiak Island. Prior to 1842.

Lancet
Collection MAE RAS: № 2888-32
Image ID: 4071226
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Museum inventory number:
№ 2888-32
Title:
Lancet
Ethnicity:
Kodiak Eskimos
Place:
USA , Alaska state, Kodiak
Geography:
North America, The North-West of the continent, Alaska, Kodiak Island
Date:
prior to 1842
Collector:
Voznesenskii Ilya Gavrilovich, zoologist, entomologist, traveller
Materials:
wood, shell, sinew
Dimensions:
length 8.2 cm, width of the handle 2.7 cm, thickness of the handle 1.4 cm, length of the blade 4.1 cm, width of the blade 2.4 cm
Commentation:
The lancet was used for performing surgical operations. From using a large amount of fat from sea animals the Kodiak Alutiit often suffered skin ailments such as boils and they used lancets made from shell to open them up.
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