February 22 — 27, 2020
Auction begins to close at 2:00 pm ET
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.