Inuit Art Online Auction

January 20 - 25, 2018

LOT 35

Lot 35

Possibly: OTTOCHIE ASHOONA (1942-1970)

Possibly: OTTOCHIE ASHOONA (1942-1970)
Lot 35 Details
Possibly: OTTOCHIE ASHOONA (1942-1970), ᐅᑐᑭ ᐊᓱᓇ, Cape Dorset / Kinngait


c. 1965
3.5 x 8 x 9 in — 8.9 x 20.3 x 22.9 cm

Estimate $500-$700

Realised: $600
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

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Possibly: OTTOCHIE ASHOONA (1942-1970)
  • Possibly: OTTOCHIE ASHOONA (1942-1970)
  • Possibly: OTTOCHIE ASHOONA (1942-1970)
  • Possibly: OTTOCHIE ASHOONA (1942-1970)
  • Possibly: OTTOCHIE ASHOONA (1942-1970)
  • Possibly: OTTOCHIE ASHOONA (1942-1970)

This work could be carved by the better known Ashoona brothers, Kiawak or Kaka. There are numerous examples of works from this time period when these artists were all working closely and attributions have been made loosely. For similarity in flare and overall composition, see Cape Dorset, Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1980, page 64 & 65. For generally similar works in quality and facial detailing, see The Jerry Twomey Collection, The Winnipeg Art Gallery, 2003, pages 51 - 53.

Although difficult to capture in a photograph, it is a highly sophisticated sculptural work, carved from all angles without a conventional base. At once, it embodies prehistoric animalistic and supernatural qualities.


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LOT 35

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  • 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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