Inuit Art Auction

November 22, 2016

LOT 179

Lot 179


Lot 179 Details
UNIDENTIFIED, Spence Bay / Taloyoak


whalebone, stone
c. 1960’s
16.5" x 24" x 9" — 41.9 x 61 x 22.9 cm.

Estimate $1,500-$2,500

Realised: $1,140
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

Additional Images

The Collection of Dr. Francis Sparshott, 1972


A definitive attribution has not been assigned for this work. It is possible, based on stylistic similarities, that it is the work of Eli Inukpaluk (1916-1979). See Darlene Coward Wight, Art & Expression of the Netsilik, 2000, page 76, in it, Wight notes that “style and subject matter can be the most reliable guide, and he has done many “hulking” human figures, with arms extended horizontally, or hanging more naturally.” Sparshott noted this work to be attributed to Ookitook, presumably this would be Maudie or husband James Okittuq, however stylistically similar works have not been documented.


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LOT 179

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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