Inuit Art Auction

November 17, 2014

LOT 164
DAVIE ATCHEALAK (1947-2006)
  • DAVIE ATCHEALAK (1947-2006)
  • DAVIE ATCHEALAK (1947-2006)

164

DAVIE ATCHEALAK (1947-2006), E7-1182, Iqaluit

LEGEND OF THE WOMAN AND THE EEL

stone
signed in Roman
13" x 8" x 2.5" — 33 x 20.3 x 6.4 cm.

Estimate $700-$1,000

Realised: $1,080
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

About artist/note:

The nearest textual account of the mythology can be found in Publications of the Jesup North Pacific Expedition, (1897–1902), Chukchee mythology, Waldemar Bogoras, et. al, G.E. Stechert, NY, 1905–1930, v. 8, pt. 1.
An approximation of the story reads as follows:
A young girl refused to be married and instead every evening she would sing outside of the tent, "From the lake, O penis, come out! From the lake, O penis, come out!" Then a [mere] penis appeared. She sat down upon it, and she herself copulated with it. At the dawn of the day she went home.

Additional Info:

Department: Inuit and Indigenous Art
Carving / Sculpture: Stone
Settlement: Frobisher Bay / Iqaluit, Iqaluit
Signature: Disc Number, Roman