AKEEAKTASHUK (1898-1954), ᐊᑭᐊᑐᓱ, Port Harrison / Inukjuak
HUNTER KILLING A SEAL
4.75 x 5.25 x 3 in — 12.1 x 13.3 x 7.6 cm
Akeeaktashuk, the carver of this traditional hunter and walrus scene, quickly became a star of the classic period of Inuit art.
This work was acquired by a Zoologist on the 1953 Arctic Institute of North America, Baffin Island expedition to the Pangnirtung Pass and Penny Highlands area. The group, led by Glaciologist Pat Baird, carried out one of the first glaciological investigations in the Canadian Arctic.
The explorers met artist James Houston on the week long journey home onboard the ice breaker. He made several illustrations depicting their expedition adventures.
Private Collection, Scotland, 1953