Inuit Art Auction

May 30, 2017

LOT 38

Lot 38


Lot 38 Details
ANNIE NIVIAXIE (1930-), E9-1710, Port Harrison / Inukjuak


cotton fabric, felt, sealskin, embroidery floss
signed in syllabics, 1986
72" x 59" — 182.9 x 149.9 cm.

Estimate $3,000-$5,000

Realised: $5,280
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

Additional Images
  • ANNIE NIVIAXIE (1930-)

Crafts from Arctic Canada, exhibition catalogue, 1974, Canadian Eskimo Arts Council, p. 4 and 62


Traditionally serving as a form of insulation, tapestries have a long history of being both utilitarian and decorative. Fashioning warm garments with needle and thread to protect the Inuit from the climate of the far north was something that was vital to their survival. Charles Miles stated in his History of Indian and Eskimo Artifacts of North America, “The sum specimens from the Arctic rival the best European work in quality”.
However, with outside influences and an easier way of life, stitching skin is no longer essential to their life. Instead, these old techniques are revived and used as a unique form of individual expression. The artistry is kept alive with the desire to create rather than as a means of survival.


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LOT 38

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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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