Inuit Art

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LOT 88

Lot 88

JOHNNY INUKPUK, R.C.A. (1911-2007)

JOHNNY INUKPUK, R.C.A. (1911-2007)
Lot 88 Details
JOHNNY INUKPUK, R.C.A. (1911-2007), Port Harrison / Inukjuak


stone, etched ivory
signed in Roman, disc number inscribed
14 x 7 x 4 in — 35.6 x 17.8 x 10.2 cm

Estimate $1,500-$2,000

Realised: $1,200
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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JOHNNY INUKPUK, R.C.A. (1911-2007)
  • JOHNNY INUKPUK, R.C.A. (1911-2007)
  • JOHNNY INUKPUK, R.C.A. (1911-2007)
  • JOHNNY INUKPUK, R.C.A. (1911-2007)

Private Collection, Ontario


Harold Seidelman & James Turner, The Inuit Imagination, Arctic Myth and Sculpture, Thames and Hudson Inc, New York, 1993, p. 115


This wonderful sculpture by master carver Johnny Inukpuk narrates the story of the Angakoq, or 'Storyteller'. The hunter is beseeching the bird to give him the bone in its mouth, a femur from a dead Inuk who was a great storyteller during his time. The hunter believes that if he eats the bone, he will absorb the deceased Inuk's wisdom and storytelling abilities.


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LOT 88

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  • 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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