993.301.1: Snow Goggles, Inuit

Additional Images

993.301.1: Snow Goggles, Inuit.
Image No. 2311 ; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

Wooden goggles with narrow eye slits and cord threaded through two holes each side and tied off. The curved wooden eye shield fits the contours of the face with a large groove cut in the back to allow for the nose. The area behind each eye slit is hollowed out to prevent eye contact and blackened for glare reduction. The goggles were held in place by a cord made of sinew. Goggle dimension given.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 993.301.1
Collection: Ophthalmology

Object Dimensions

  • Length: 16 cm
  • Width: 4.7 cm
  • Depth: 4.2 cm

Object Parts

Object Materials

  • organic material,
  • wood

Acquisition Detail

  • History of Use: Inuit protection from snow-blindness. The narrow eye slits allowed limited light to enter and so reduced the amount of light that reached the optic nerve.