First Arts: Inuit & First Nations Art

May 28, 2019

LOT 35

Lot 35

SHARKY NUNA (1918-1979)

SHARKY NUNA (1918-1979)
Lot 35 Details
SHARKY NUNA (1918-1979), E7-883, Cape Dorset / Kinngait


signed in syllabics, early-mid 1970's
5.5 x 4.5 x 5.25 in — 14 x 11.4 x 13.3 cm

Estimate $600-$900

Realised: $1,440
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

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SHARKY NUNA (1918-1979)
  • SHARKY NUNA (1918-1979)
  • SHARKY NUNA (1918-1979)

an Ottawa private collection


Sharky Nuna began carving already in 1950. He had been working at a measured pace until the early 1970s when he was finally “discovered” and given five solo shows in Canada, the U.S. and Germany up to his death in 1979. His sculptures of birds are among the most elegant and poetic we have seen. This pair, in which one bird gently preens the other, is especially lovely.

References: for similar works by this artist see Walker’s May 2013, Lot 8; Walker’s May 2016, Lot 82


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LOT 35

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  • 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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