Inuit Art Auction

November 21, 2017

LOT 45

Lot 45

JUDAS ULLULAQ (1937-1999)

JUDAS ULLULAQ (1937-1999)
Lot 45 Details
JUDAS ULLULAQ (1937-1999), ᔪᑕ ᐅᓗᓚ, Gjoa Haven / Uqsuqtuuq


stone, composite
signed in syllabics, c. 1990s
11.5 x 14.5 x 7.5 in — 29.2 x 36.8 x 19.1 cm

Estimate $3,000-$5,000

Realised: $3,840
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

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JUDAS ULLULAQ (1937-1999)
  • JUDAS ULLULAQ (1937-1999)
  • JUDAS ULLULAQ (1937-1999)
  • JUDAS ULLULAQ (1937-1999)
  • JUDAS ULLULAQ (1937-1999)

The humour in this work is so typical of Ullulaq. The bear couldn’t look more woebegone as he carries a small man on his back. Clearly the weight of the man is too much; his knees are buckling under him as the figure reclines on his back. Similar works appear throughout Ullulaq’s oeuvre, such as the bucking musk ox or hunter attacking a musk ox.
Oftentimes, Ullulaq’s work contains inset ivory details rendering it illegal to ship over borders, however in this work the eyes are a manmade composite material making it a great candidate for U.S. or overseas collectors of his work.


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LOT 45

About Condition Ratings

  • 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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