A crutch for Willem Barentsz?, Anonymous, c. 1597

A crutch for Willem Barentsz?, Anonymous, c. 1597

wood (plant material), l 77cm × w 14cm. More details

This crutch was made on Nova Zembla for someone with leg trouble. This may have been Willem Barentsz, who was ill during his last weeks on the island and could barely walk, if at all. He had to be transported by sleigh from the shelter to the sloops.

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