Inuit Art Auction

May 30, 2017

LOT 82

Lot 82

OSUITOK IPEELEE, R.C.A. (1923-2005)

OSUITOK IPEELEE, R.C.A. (1923-2005)
Lot 82 Details
OSUITOK IPEELEE, R.C.A. (1923-2005), E7-1154, Cape Dorset / Kinngait


c. 1965
34" x 12" x 9" — 86.4 x 30.5 x 22.9 cm.

Estimate $7,000-$10,000

Realised: $7,800
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

Additional Images
OSUITOK IPEELEE, R.C.A. (1923-2005)
  • OSUITOK IPEELEE, R.C.A. (1923-2005)

Jean Blodgett, The Coming and Going of the Shaman, Eskimo Shamanism and Art, The Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1978, page 76, 111


According to curator Jean Blodgett in The Coming and Going of the Shaman, to the angakoq (shaman), the walrus is one the most significant spirit helpers along with the bear and bird. “That false teeth or tusks were used considerably in the shamanic performance is attested by numerous reports and also by recurrence, in contemporary artworks, of the motif of a human with a set of tusks... According to accounts recorded in the historic period, these teeth grew from the shaman’s mouth.”


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LOT 82

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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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