Purchased by donor’s daughter as a commission. This is a model of a stone lamp, qulliq (pronounced ‘kud-lik’), the primary source of light and heat for cooking in a snow-house, or iglu, and other temporary shelters. Qulliq are fuelled by the oil extracted from pounded sea-mammal blubber. They have to be almost constantly tended to keep the flame burning along the curved edge.
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Some craft activities inspired by Yoruba art for you to try at home