The Other World: Spirits, Demons, and Visions of Transformation

March 1217, 2022
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LOT 23

Lot 23


Lot 23 Details
YVO SAMGUSHAK (b. 1942), Kangiqliniq (Rankin Inlet)


signed in syllabics and Roman, dated 2004
height 8.5 in — 21.6 cm, diameter 5.5 in — 14 cm

Estimate $400-$600

Realised: $384
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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  • YVO SAMGUSHAK (b. 1942)
  • YVO SAMGUSHAK (b. 1942)
  • YVO SAMGUSHAK (b. 1942)

Yvo Samgushak began working with clay when he was nineteen years old. [1] An early member of the original government-run ceramics program at Kangiqliniq (Rankin Inlet), in later life he was also an active teacher despite hearing and speech impairments. [2]

Here in this strikingly simple composition by Samgushak we see the sun embodied with a human face. Radiating lines of light emanate from the central visage and are scalloped like braids of hair.

This lot is accompanied by an original Government of Canada Eskimo Art tag reading "Yvo Samgushak / Rank Inlet / Sundancer 14-240036."


1. Gardner Museum, “Northern Visions: Contemporary Inuit Ceramics'', Google Arts and Culture. Accessed February 22, 2022. Click here to read more.

2. Boyle, Shary, Keeping Up with the Ceramic Artists of Kangiqliniq, Inuit Art Quarterly, July 29, 2020. Accessed February 22, 2022.


Overall very good condition.

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LOT 23

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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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