Inuit Art Auction

November 22, 2016

LOT 179
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179

UNIDENTIFIED, Spence Bay / Taloyoak

SHAMAN WITH BIRD SPIRIT

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 ?

About artist/note:

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.

Provenance:

The Collection of Dr. Francis Sparshott, 1972

Additional Info:

Department: Inuit and Indigenous Art
Carving / Sculpture: Bone, Stone
Settlement: Spence Bay, Spence Bay / Taloyoak, Taloyoak