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Joe Talirunili, ᔪᐅ ᑕᓚᕈᓂᓕ



stone, bone, signed in Roman, disc number inscribed, Condition good.

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4 x 5 x 1.5 in — 10.2 x 12.7 x 3.8 cm

Private Collection, Toronto, ON

Talirunili was born near Puvirnituq, Nunavik, QC, on the east coast of Hudson Bay at the turn of the 20th century. He became an avid and accomplished sculptor and maker of graphic images despite an early and catastrophic injury to one arm. At times deeply iconic in his imagery, Talirunili is also known for his power as a storyteller. His highly-prized narrative Migration Boat carvings are undisputed masterworks of northern sculpture.

This simple roughshod caribou exemplifies Talirunili's iconic style. The right front leg of the sculpture exhibits an ambiguous band-shaped protuberance. Talirunili sometimes used this detail to represent a protruding knee on the front legs of his caribou.

Related works:

McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Cat. No. 1984.15.1.A-.C

Katilvik. “Joe Talirunili, ᔪᐅ ᑕᓚᕈᓂᓕ”,—See:

Estimate: $1,500—2,500

Auction Results

Auction Date Auction House Lot # Low Est High Est Sold Price
2021-12-09 Waddington's 97 1,500 2,500 900.00
2015-11-16 Waddington's 56 800 1,200 900.00
2013-11-18 Waddington's 156 1,500 2,500 2,400.00
2012-04-30 Waddington's 100 1,500 2,000 1,920.00
2007-04-23 Waddington's 171 8,000 12,000 18,000.00

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