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Mark Tungilik, ᒪᑭ ᑕᒐᓕ




2 x 0.8 x 0.8 in — 5.5 x 2 x 2 cm

Collection of Dr. James Colwill, Victoria, BC

Mark Tungilik is the most renowned of all the ivory carvers. He was an important person in his community and an early artist of merit. Christianity themes developed through the influence of priests in Kugaaruk (Pelly Bay). Tungilik carved his first bust of Christ in 1945.

The ivories in this collection were purchased by Dr. James Colwill on his trip to the Arctic in 1972. The trip was taken in conjunction with a working field trip with Canadian Arctic Producers that included visits to Baker Lake, Frobisher Bay, Pangnirtung, Broughton Island, Clyde River, Pond Inlet, Grise Fiord, Resolute Bay, Spence Bay, Igloolik, Pelly Bay and Cape Dorset.

Dr. Colwill met with and visited the homes of the artists whose works he purchased on his trip resulting in an exceptional collection that is at the same time both thoughtful and personal.

Estimate: $500—700

Auction Results

Auction Date Auction House Lot # Low Est High Est Sold Price
2022-09-29 Waddington's 67 500 700 420.00

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