Inuit Art Auction

May 30, 2017

LOT 85

Lot 85

PAUTA SAILA, R.C.A. (1916-2009)

PAUTA SAILA, R.C.A. (1916-2009)
Lot 85 Details
PAUTA SAILA, R.C.A. (1916-2009), E7-990, Cape Dorset / Kinngait


signed in Roman, c. 1970
9" x 7.5" x 2.5" — 22.9 x 19.1 x 6.4 cm.

Estimate $5,000-$7,000

Realised: $5,040
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

Additional Images
PAUTA SAILA, R.C.A. (1916-2009)
  • PAUTA SAILA, R.C.A. (1916-2009)

The Sparham Collection of Inuit Art, Wales, U.K.


Bernadette Driscoll, Uumajut, Animal Imagery In Inuit Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1985, page 41 & 46


The bear has been widely depicted since prehistoric times because it is connected with shamanism and is an important helper spirit in Inuit culture. Pauta himself has suggested his polar bears are shamanistic. “Polar bears are like human beings. ...I think and feel that the bear has a spirit to be put into the carving.”


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LOT 85

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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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