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Fine old smooth polished dark patina
Circa 100-600 AD
Size: 3.5cm high, 16cm wide, 2cm deep - 1¼ ins high, 6¼ ins wide, ¾ deep
Excavated on the shoreline of the Tuksuk Channel, Alaska
Ex American New York collection
See: Finch & Co catalogue no. 23, item no. 34, for a later pair of goggles
Snow blindness is a debilitating and painful condition and is an occupational hazard for Arctic hunters. The retina of the eye becomes burned by excessive ultraviolet radiation reflected from the snow covered landscapes. By wearing goggles the amount of light entering the eye is cut down.