Fall Inuit Auction

November 05, 2012

LOT 98

Lot 98

JOE TALIRUNILI (1893-1976)

JOE TALIRUNILI (1893-1976)
Lot 98 Details
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 ?

Lot Report


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


“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.


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LOT 98

About Condition Ratings

  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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