Inuit Art

May 0813, 2021
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LOT 60

Lot 60

CHARLIE UGYUK (1931-1999)

CHARLIE UGYUK (1931-1999)
Lot 60 Details
CHARLIE UGYUK (1931-1999), Spence Bay / Taloyoak


stone, antler, horn
signed in syllabics
6 x 5 x 4 in — 15.2 x 12.7 x 10.2 cm

Estimate $2,000-$4,000

Realised: $5,700
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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CHARLIE UGYUK (1931-1999)
  • CHARLIE UGYUK (1931-1999)
  • CHARLIE UGYUK (1931-1999)
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Private Collection, Alberta


Christian missionaries arriving in the Arctic, upon learning of the Inuit deities and spirits, were quick to place themselves in opposition to traditional culture and shamanism. As with many other cultures suppressed by European contact, a degree of grafting occurred, with the local mythology being subsumed by biblical rhetoric: all Inuit spirits thus became equated with the Christian devil.

Charlie Ugyuk’s “Little Devil” brings to mind that iconic European devil, right down to the pitchfork. The subject resembles nothing more than the ‘Little Devil’ character in Warren Kremer’s “Hot Stuff” comics. Ugyuk’s demons (such as the record-breaking “Demon Holding Young” auctioned at Waddington’s in 2013) are typically more intense and frightening than this impish sculpture, who appears more suprised than menacing.


Mostly in good condition. There is a minor repair to the figures hair.

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LOT 60

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  • 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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