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Oil lamp

naniq “oil lamp”
Language: St. Lawrence Island Yupik

Lamps fueled with seal or whale oil gave light and warmth inside the traditional walrus skin-covered house (mangteghapik) or sod-covered dwelling (nenglu). Lamps were made of clay mixed with sand, grass, seal blood, and oil. The wick was made of moss (peqaq).

Culture: St. Lawrence Island Yupik
Region: St. Lawrence Island, Alaska
Object Category: Homes
Dimensions: Length 13cm
Accession Date: 2003 (collected 1973-1980)
Source: Florence C. and Bernhard U. Krummel (collectors)
Museum: National Museum of the American Indian
Museum ID Number: 262536.000