Inuit Art Online Auction

June 27, 2013

LOT 172
DAVIDIALUK ALASUA AMITTU (1910-1976)
  • DAVIDIALUK ALASUA AMITTU (1910-1976)

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DAVIDIALUK ALASUA AMITTU (1910-1976), E9-824, Povungnituk

KAJUTAIJUQ, THE EVIL SPIRIT THAT COMES KNOCKING IN THE NIGHT

stonecut
1974, 3/30
14.75" x 21.5" — 37.5 x 54.6 cm.

Estimate $250-$350

Realised: $372

About artist/note:

According to a story recounted in the introduction of 1974 Arctic Quebec catalogue, Kajutaijuq is “a malevolent spirit that comes knocking in the night. This spirit has no body, only feet which are attached to its head and sex organs which are contained on the face. Innuit [sic] legends tell of this evil spirit knocking on the walls of igloos during the night. It is seldom seen - a fortunate thing, since the Innuit [sic] believe that to catch a glimpse of the Kajutaijuq augurs ill for the beholder.”

See also the Story by Davidialuk, as retold in Nungak, Zebedee & Eugene Arima, Eskimo Stories - Unikkaatuat, National Museums of Canada, Bulletin No. 235, Series No. 90, 1969, p. 37

Additional Info:

Department: Inuit and Indigenous Art
Settlement: Povungnituk, Povungnituk / Puvirnituq
Signature: Disc Number
Works on Paper: Stonecut