Inuit Art Auction

May 29, 2018

LOT 14

Lot 14


Lot 14 Details


c. 1960s
5.75 x 1.75 x 2.75 in — 14.6 x 4.4 x 7 cm; 5 x 1.5 x 2 in — 12.7 x 3.8 x 5.1 cm

Estimate $700-$1,000

Realised: $900
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

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Tupilaks are a Greenlandic Inuit souvenir which originated in the tradition of fabricating a monster from various objects to either protect an individual or to destroy an enemy. The Inuit began to carve them out of sperm whale teeth during early contact with Europeans.


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LOT 14

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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