Inuit Art

November 20, 2018

LOT 34
PAUTA SAILA, R.C.A. (1916-2009)
  • PAUTA SAILA, R.C.A. (1916-2009)
  • PAUTA SAILA, R.C.A. (1916-2009)
  • PAUTA SAILA, R.C.A. (1916-2009)
  • PAUTA SAILA, R.C.A. (1916-2009)
  • PAUTA SAILA, R.C.A. (1916-2009)
  • 3D Image

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PAUTA SAILA, R.C.A. (1916-2009), Cape Dorset / Kinngait

DANCING BEAR

stone, ivory
signed in syllabics
11.8 x 6.3 x 3.1 in — 30 x 16 x 8 cm

Estimate $15,000-$20,000

Realised: $14,400
Price Includes Buyer's Premium

About artist/note:

Johnston’s collection included ”two characteristically lively Pauta Saila polar bears, of which the smaller dark serpentine piece of a Dancing Bear, balanced in virtuoso fashion on just one foot...its inserted teeth giving it a disconcertingly human expression!...”

“Not for nothing did he (Pauta) once observe that ‘Polar bears are just like people. They can do many things humans can do. They can stand, or sit, just like us. They look around just as we do.’”
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Additional Info:

Department: Inuit and Indigenous Art
Carving / Sculpture: Ivory, Stone
Settlement: Cape Dorset / Kinngait
Signature: Syllabics