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Lamp kudlik, 1800s
Southampton Island

Donor unrecorded
Museum number 1972-558

A kudlik was a stone lamp fuelled by oil from seal blubber. A wick, made from moss or Arctic cotton floating in oil made a liquid candle. The lamp was used to heat and light the igloo, melt snow for water and cook food. It was an Inuit woman's prized possession and was buried with her after death, with a hole drilled through it to allow its "spirit" to join her in the afterlife.

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