Inuit Art

June 0510, 2021
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LOT 78

Lot 78

Attributed to: ISA OOMAYOUALOOK (1915-1976)

Attributed to: ISA OOMAYOUALOOK (1915-1976)
Lot 78 Details
Attributed to: ISA OOMAYOUALOOK (1915-1976), Port Harrison / Inukjuak


stone, ivory, soap inlay
8/5 x 7 x 4.75 in — 215.9 x 17.8 x 12.1 cm

Estimate $1,000-$2,000

Realised: $2,280
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

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Attributed to: ISA OOMAYOUALOOK (1915-1976)
  • Attributed to: ISA OOMAYOUALOOK (1915-1976)
  • Attributed to: ISA OOMAYOUALOOK (1915-1976)

Private Collection, Hamilton, ON


This attribution is based on similar signed works by the artist from the Early Masters exhibition catalogue. Typical of the artist, the owl's wings are outspread with small incised circles on the breast. The bear is positioned in a begging posture on top of a large walrus head.

For other similar works, see Darlene Coward Wight, Early Masters: Inuit Sculpture 1949-1955, Winnipeg Art Gallery, 2006, p. 58-59 and,
James A. Houston, Eskimo Handicrafts, The Canadian Handicrafts Guild & The Dept. of Resources & Development, 1951. p. 11


Good condition, no visible issues to report.

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LOT 78

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