Inuit Art

November 19, 2019

LOT 134

Lot 134


Lot 134 Details
JOSIAH NUILAALIK (1928-2005), Baker Lake / Qamani’tuaq


stone, antler
signed in syllabics
7 x 12 x 12 in — 17.8 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm

Estimate $3,000-$5,000

Realised: $3,120
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

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  • JOSIAH NUILAALIK (1928-2005)
  • JOSIAH NUILAALIK (1928-2005)
  • JOSIAH NUILAALIK (1928-2005)
  • JOSIAH NUILAALIK (1928-2005)

Private Collection, Toronto


This expressive sculpture by Nuilallik is a portrayal of a shaman's flight to the spirit world to reconcile differences between humankind and nature. Bird transformations are seen often in shamanic cultures, but incorporating the caribou in the shaman's bird transformation is very much the artist's oeuvre.


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LOT 134

About Condition Ratings

  • 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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