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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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Moses Pov



stone, ivory, signed in Roman, disc number inscribed, c.1955

9 x 5.5 x 4.5 in — 22.9 x 14 x 11.4 cm

The John and Mary Robertson Collection

Moses Pov and Johnny Inukpuk were born in the Inukjuak area in the early 20th century. They grew up in the harsh and isolated environment of Canada’s Eastern Arctic, initially flourishing as traditional hunters, trappers and fishermen before moving their families to the settlement. Their innate powers of observation, keen awareness of their natural world, and the vital skills of survival needed to live in this unforgiving land – combined with a love for family grounded by a rich and ancient cultural legacy – came together to result in some of Canada’s most compelling and influential art.

The locally-sourced, marbled dark green stone characterized by glowing translucent layers, the inset detail of ivory and soap, dynamic depiction of an Inuit woman, are all trademarks of the special pieces created in Inukjuak during this classic, early period of Inuit art.

Estimate: $10,000—15,000

Auction Results

Auction Date Auction House Lot # Low Est High Est Sold Price
2019-11-19 Waddington's 51 10,000 15,000 16,800.00

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