Small Wonders of Inuit Art

April 1621, 2022
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LOT 15

Lot 15


Lot 15 Details
SILASSIE TUKI (b.1919), Inukjuak (Port Harrison)


stone, ivory
2.5 x 1.5 x 3.25 in — 6.1 x 3.8 x 8.3 cm

Estimate $400-$600

Realised: $510
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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  • SILASSIE TUKI (b.1919)
  • SILASSIE TUKI (b.1919)
  • SILASSIE TUKI (b.1919)

Private collection, Hamilton, ON


In this charming and classic early Inukjuak composition of stone and inset ivory, we see the precision in form and refined treatment of surface that characterize the early work of the sculptor Silassie Tuki. A finely rendered seal hunkers down on an ice flow above two decidedly folky carvings of fish inset into the sculpture’s surface—just out of reach of their mammalian companion.

Related works:

Waddington’s Auctioneers and Appraisers, April 23, 2007, lot 148. Click here to read more

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Overall very good condition.

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LOT 15

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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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