Fall Inuit Auction

November 05, 2012

LOT 98
JOE TALIRUNILI (1893-1976)
  • JOE TALIRUNILI (1893-1976)


JOE TALIRUNILI (1893-1976), E9-818, Povungnituk


stone, hide, wood, thread
c. 1970, bears paper label with signature in Roman and syllabics
15" x 14" x 6.5" — 38.1 x 35.6 x 16.5 cm.

Estimate $100,000-$150,000

Realised: $290,000
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

About artist/note:

“In this small boat the people are cramped together as they want to live – always to face death.”
-Joe Talirunili in Joe Talirunili: A Grace Beyond the Reach of Art, 1977, as quoted Falconer, Shelley & Shawna White, Stones, Bones and Stitches: Storytelling through Inuit Art, McMichael Canadian Art Collection (Kleinburg, ON) with Tundra Books, (Toronto, ON), 2007 pp. 14-15

This work recounts the harrowing journey of the artist’s own childhood adventure. He and the other survivors of a shipwreck are depicted on a crowded umiak - a hastily constructed skin boat - paddling through breaking ice floes in an attempt to reach safety.


Private Collection, Montreal, QC
By descent to the present owner,
Private Collection, Montreal, QC

Additional Info:

Department: Inuit and Indigenous Art
Carving / Sculpture: Stone
Settlement: Povungnituk, Povungnituk / Puvirnituq
Signature: Disc Number, Roman, Syllabics
Textile / Wall Hanging: Embroidery Thread