Inuit Art Auction

November 21, 2017

LOT 95

Lot 95

MARK TUNGILIK (1913-1986)

MARK TUNGILIK (1913-1986)
Lot 95 Details
MARK TUNGILIK (1913-1986), ᒪᑭ ᑕᒐᓕ, Repulse Bay / Naujaat


stone, ivory
signed in syllabics, c. 1975
6 x 7 x 3 in — 15.2 x 17.8 x 7.6 cm

Estimate $2,500-$3,500

Realised: $5,520
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

Additional Images
MARK TUNGILIK (1913-1986)
  • MARK TUNGILIK (1913-1986)

Jean Blodgett, Selections from The John and Mary Robertson Collection of Inuit Sculpture, exh. cat., 1986, page 79 for a closely related work.


Mark Tungilik’s carving career spans around forty years, and though he is most well-known for his depictions of musk ox, his works represent a wide range of subjects. Family of Owls is a classic example of Tungilik’s stumpy, smooth style. The uniform, minimal detail of the carving reinforces the familial representation with its roundness, the eyes and beak the only distinguishing factor between the three owls. The owls’ unified bodies render a protective, nurturing role, as the inset eyes stare outwards, captivating the viewer.


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LOT 95

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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