Inuit Art

November 20, 2018

LOT 220

Lot 220

INNUKI OQUTAQ (1926-1986),

INNUKI OQUTAQ (1926-1986),
Lot 220 Details
INNUKI OQUTAQ (1926-1986), , Cape Dorset / Kinngait


mounted to a stone hare base, disc number inscribed
12.5 x 8 x 2 in — 31.8 x 20.3 x 5.1 cm

Estimate $300-$500

Realised: $960
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

Additional Images
INNUKI OQUTAQ (1926-1986),
  • INNUKI OQUTAQ (1926-1986),
  • INNUKI OQUTAQ (1926-1986),

Collection of Terry Ryan


Innuki Oqutaq was the brother of Cape Dorset sculptor and graphic artist Osuitok Ipeelee.

"Enooky (Innuki) is best known for his exquisitely engraved work on highly polished caribou antler. His precise and delicate line work combined with the free, natural form of the antler gives his work a sense of fluid movement. His images are often concerned with sea life and traditional Inuit hunting implements and clothing, particularly the kamik (boot). The kamik is often repeated many times on a particular work. Enooky has a keen sensitivity to the placement of these graphic elements within the positive and negative shape of the antler, making him one of the most sophisticated artists in this medium."

From "Enooky (Innuki Oqutaq)," exhibition brochure, Image of the Inuit, Los Angeles, California, 1981.


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LOT 220

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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