Snow goggles carved in bone from the INUIT of Alaska and Canada.
The function of these sort of goggles was to protect the eyes from snow blindness.
The bright sunlight reflected by the snow can cause blindness, thus, the INUIT people always carry snow goggles with them.
Snow blindness feels as if there is sand in your eyes. It can hurt quite much. Your eyes start to blink and everything you see turns into a red or pink colour. For centuries, the INUIT make their own snow goggles: a piece of bone in which two little horizontal slits are carved.
These goggles were made of animal bone, and on both sides there is a hole in which a string can be inserted, have a look at the pictures.
The goggles dimensions are: 3 cm high x 14.2 cm wide.
In good condition.
Will be sent by registered mail.
- Snow goggles
- Ethnic group/ culture
- Region/ country
- 1st half 20th century
- Sold with stand
- 3×14.2×0 cm