Inuit Art Auction

May 30, 2017

LOT 136

Lot 136

JOHN TIKTAK (1916-1981)

JOHN TIKTAK (1916-1981)
Lot 136 Details
JOHN TIKTAK (1916-1981), E1-266, Rankin Inlet / Kangiqliniq


signed in syllabics
7" x 8" x 3" — 17.8 x 20.3 x 7.6 cm.

Estimate $3,000-$5,000

Realised: $2,880
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

Additional Images
JOHN TIKTAK (1916-1981)
  • JOHN TIKTAK (1916-1981)
  • JOHN TIKTAK (1916-1981)

The Upstairs Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
By descent to present owner


Tiktak, Sculpture from Rankin Inlet, N.W.T., A retrospective exhibition, 1970, Gallery One-One-One, Winnipeg


Although he started professionally carving in 1963 after an accident while working in the mine, Tiktak had been carving as a pastime since he was young. His carvings emphasize the importance of form over narration. “Multiple heads” is a common theme for the artist, as seen here, the faces are expressive even with minimal detail.


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LOT 136

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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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