Snow goggles

Thule, Native American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 746

These goggles were used to shield the eyes from windblown ice and the glare of the sun upon the Arctic snow. Significant to the owner or maker, engraved double lines, spikes, and linear projections form the border. The designs, along with the narrow eye openings, create a distinct appearance. Arctic peoples have made and worn such highly effective eyewear for centuries.

Snow goggles, Walrus ivory, Thule, Native American

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