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i u a pi pu pa ti tu ta ki ku ka gi gu ga mi mu ma ni nu na si su sa li lu la ji ju ja vi vu va ri ru ra qi qu qa ngi ngu nga lhi lhu lha

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Johnny Inukpuk, ᔭᓇ ᐃᓇᐸ

HUNTER CALLING BIRD


JOHNNY INUKPUK, R.C.A. (1911-2007), ᔭᓇ ᐃᓇᐸ, PORT HARRISON / INUKJUAK
HUNTER CALLING BIRD

stone, etched ivory, signed in Roman, disc number inscribed

14 x 7 x 4 in — 35.6 x 17.8 x 10.2 cm

Provenance:
Private Collection, Ontario

Literature:
Harold Seidelman & James Turner, The Inuit Imagination, Arctic Myth and Sculpture, Thames and Hudson Inc, New York, 1993, p. 115

Note:
This wonderful sculpture by master carver Johnny Inukpuk narrates the story of the Angakoq, or 'Storyteller'. The hunter is beseeching the bird to give him the bone in its mouth, a femur from a dead Inuk who was a great storyteller during his time. The hunter believes that if he eats the bone, he will absorb the deceased Inuk's wisdom and storytelling abilities.


Estimate: $1,500—2,000

Auction Results

Auction Date Auction House Lot # Low Est High Est Sold Price
2020-02-27 Waddington's 88 1,500 2,000 1,200.00

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