Inuit Art Auction

November 21, 2017

LOT 57
JOSEPHIE POOTOOGOOK (1887-1958)
  • JOSEPHIE POOTOOGOOK (1887-1958)

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JOSEPHIE POOTOOGOOK (1887-1958), ᑭᑐᒍ, Cape Dorset / Kinngait

JOYFULLY I SEE TEN CARIBOU

stonecut and stencil
1959, 48/50
12 x 17.5 in — 30.5 x 44.5 cm

Estimate $6,000-$9,000

Realised: $12,000

About artist/note:

“An Inuk hunter signals the sighting of caribou to companions by raising curved arms above his head to represent antlers, and rotating his body to draw attention to the signal. This practice is still used. The title suggests the number of figures raised signalled [sic] the size of the caribou herd, but this is unlikely, given the distance between hunters.”

Literature:

The Inuit Print, exh. cat., National Museum of Man (Ottawa, ON), 1977, pages 54-55, pl. 6.

Additional Info:

Department: Inuit and Indigenous Art
Settlement: Cape Dorset, Cape Dorset / Kinngait, Kinngait
Signature: Disc Number
Works on Paper: Stencil, Stonecut