Inuit Art Auction

November 22, 2016

LOT 103

Lot 103

KIAWAK ASHOONA O.C., R.C.A. (1933-2014)

KIAWAK ASHOONA O.C., R.C.A. (1933-2014)
Lot 103 Details
KIAWAK ASHOONA O.C., R.C.A. (1933-2014), Cape Dorset / Kingait


signed in syllabics, 1988
18" x 11" x 8" — 45.7 x 27.9 x 20.3 cm.

Estimate $7,000-$10,000

Realised: $8,400
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

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KIAWAK ASHOONA O.C., R.C.A. (1933-2014)
  • KIAWAK ASHOONA O.C., R.C.A. (1933-2014)
  • KIAWAK ASHOONA O.C., R.C.A. (1933-2014)
  • KIAWAK ASHOONA O.C., R.C.A. (1933-2014)

Darlene Coward Wight, Kiugak Ashoona, Stories and Imaginings from Cape Dorset, Winnipeg Art Gallery, page 19


“Kiugak created a series of impressive ‘bird spirit’ carvings over his career. [...] In 2008 interviews, he made it clear that these sculptures depicted the bird shaman, Natturalik (Golden Eagle), from a story told to him by Kiakshuk and others. It is a story about the eagle that abducts a young woman and takes her to his cliff top nest where she becomes his wife. Kiugak described the beginning of the story as involving two girls who were playing together. They pretended to have husbands, using the bones of a bowhead whale. One of the bones turned into an eagle: Natturalik.”


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LOT 103

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  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
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  • 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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