Inuit Art

November 19, 2019

LOT 94

Lot 94


Lot 94 Details
SHEOKJUK OQUTAQ (1920-1982), Cape Dorset / Kinngait


ivory, stone, black colouring
3 x 3.5 x 2.5 in — 7.6 x 8.9 x 6.4 cm

Estimate $2,500-$3,500

Realised: $4,800
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

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  • SHEOKJUK OQUTAQ (1920-1982)
  • SHEOKJUK OQUTAQ (1920-1982)
  • SHEOKJUK OQUTAQ (1920-1982)
  • SHEOKJUK OQUTAQ (1920-1982)

Private Collection, Hamilton, Ontario


Darlene Coward Wight, Early Masters: Inuit Sculpture 1949-1955, Winnipeg Art Gallery, 2006, p. 153-154


Sheokjuk began carving ivory miniatures in 1946 following his move from Cape Dorset/Kinngait to a camp in Kimmirut. At that time, The Hudson's Bay Company had initiated a large-scale cottage industry in the settlement, encouraging community members to make carvings for sale. Sheokjuk quickly became known for his talent; the quality of his ivory carvings were unlike any other artist's, notably his human figures and animals.


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LOT 94

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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