Adopt an Object: Untited (Two Handles)

23 Jan
Two handles from the Thule Period

These handles from the Thule Period are part of the MIA’s new Adopt an Object fundraising initiative.

As part of  the MIA’s new fundraising initiative ‘Adopt an Object’, we’ll be highlighting a featured item from our Permanent Collection that staff have chosen to represent some of  the unique pieces we display in the museum. For more information on the program itself and what it means to be a donor, you can check out our past blog post.

Today, we’re highlighting a staff favourite – Thule handles.

Artist: Unidentified
Location: 
Arctic Canada
Date: Thule Period
Medium: Ivory, pigment
Dimensions:  a) H .20″ x W 4.75″ x D 0.50″   b) H0.20″ x W 5.0″ x D 1.5″
Collection: MIA Collection

Significance:
The MIA has a small collection of objects from the Thule Period, which consists of some of the objects that are most in need of preventative conservation due to their age and material. The Thule are the direct ancestors of modern Inuit. These handles are two of the oldest objects in the MIA collection and are excellent representations of art typically produced by Thule, being utilitarian in nature and incised with lines and dots.

This piece has been adopted.

logoPosted by Brittany Holliss, MIA’s Visitor Services Officer

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