Inuit Art Online Auction

June 01, 2017

LOT 311

Lot 311


Lot 311 Details
DOMINIC KINGILIK (1939-1990), E2-121, Baker Lake / Qamani’tuaq


stone, ivory
inscribed indistinctly
5" x 11" x 3.5" — 12.7 x 27.9 x 8.9 cm.

Estimate $300-$500

Realised: $240
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

Additional Images
  • DOMINIC KINGILIK (1939-1990)
  • DOMINIC KINGILIK (1939-1990)

W.T. Larmour, Eskimo Carvers of Keewatin, N.W.T., Winnipeg Art Gallery & the federal Department of Transport and the Department of Northern Affairs and National Resources, 1964, exh. cat., page 13-14


In the beginning days of carving in Baker Lake, the Inuit could be shy and sometimes hesitant to carve. “the Eskimos must surely remember the day when Kingalik brought in his first owl. Nobody had thought ... that he could do anything worthwhile, much less make a pleasing carving. How many times that the young man brought his carving in and did not show it, one can only guess. But one day as he was leaning over, the owl fell out of his parka sleeve, to be caught by trembling hands. It was a fine carving of an Arctic owl and the assembled Eskimos in their excitement showered the embarrassed youth with praise ... His whole status in the community was altered in that instant.”


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LOT 311

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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