Inuit Art

November 19, 2019

LOT 70

Lot 70


Lot 70 Details
LUKE IKSIKTAARYUK (1909-1977), Baker Lake / Qamani’tuaq


antler, hide
14 x 12 x 7 in — 35.6 x 30.5 x 17.8 cm

Estimate $12,000-$18,000

Realised: $12,000
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

Additional Images
  • LUKE IKSIKTAARYUK (1909-1977)
  • 3D Image

Private Collection, Hamilton, Ontario
Upstairs Gallery, Winnipeg


Harold Seidelman & James Turner, The Inuit Imagination: Arctic Myth and Sculpture, 1993, p. 208-211


Luke Iksiktaaryuk possessed a unique carving style that was simple yet very expressive. His human figures, mostly carved from caribou antler, depicted Inuit life and legends.

Iksiktaaryuk was part of the Harvaqtormiut people who moved to Baker Lake in the 1950’s during a time of starvation. It is not arbitrary that he chose to work with caribou antler; after enduring seasons of famine when the caribou were scarce, the antler was a symbol of birth and regeneration to him.

Shaman Prepares to Fly is a subject that he chose more than once. It represents the courageous flight of the shaman into the spirit world, perhaps in search of other spirits for guidance. Shamans had the ability to fly in many forms and for many reasons, possibly the most enticing, as Jean Blodgett suggests, was "the shamanic journeys that were undertaken for joy alone”.


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LOT 70

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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