The Canada Auction Series: Inuit Art

May 27June 01, 2023
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LOT 101

Lot 101

George Tataniq ᑕᑕᓂ (1910-1991)

George Tataniq ᑕᑕᓂ (1910-1991)
Lot 101 Details
George Tataniq ᑕᑕᓂ (1910-1991), Qamani’tuaq (Baker Lake)


stone, antler
signed in syllabics
9 x 10.5 x 2.25 in — 22.9 x 26.7 x 5.7 cm

Estimate $5,000-$7,000

Realised: $10,455
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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George Tataniq ᑕᑕᓂ (1910-1991)
  • George Tataniq ᑕᑕᓂ (1910-1991)
  • George Tataniq ᑕᑕᓂ (1910-1991)
  • George Tataniq ᑕᑕᓂ (1910-1991)
  • George Tataniq ᑕᑕᓂ (1910-1991)

Private Collection, Seattle, WA


Seidelman, Harold, James Turner, The Inuit Imagination: Arctic Myth and Sculpture (Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1993), p. 54


In the 1986 catalogue for the exhibition The Keewatin Spirit, author and collector Norman Zepp speaks of “a purity of line [in Tataniq’s works] which elevates his sculpture beyond the purely descriptive.” Both Tataniq’s images of the empirically observable world and his images of the supernatural are characterised by a monumental weight, and as here, a purity of line, eye for plane and volume, and exceptional sure-footedness in his address of all three.

A closely-related work to the present example was chosen for the cover of the 1992 revised and updated publication of George Swinton’s classic reference work Sculpture of the Inuit. The present sculpture is published in Harold Seidelman's and James Turner's 1993 text The Inuit Imagination: Arctic Myth and Sculpture.

George Swinton, Sculpture of the Inuit, (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart Inc.)
Norman Zepp, Pure Vision, The Keewatin Spirit, (Regina: Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery-University of Regina, 1986)


Overall very good condition. Some scratches. Inherent irregularities in stone.

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LOT 101

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  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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