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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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Kenojuak Ashevak C.C., R.C.A., ᑭᓄᐊᔪᐊ ᐊᓯᕙ


KENOJUAK ASHEVAK (1927-), E7-1035, Cape Dorset
WOMAN WHO LIVES IN THE SUN, stonecut, (yellow), 1960, artists proof 3, framed, 23.25" x 28.25" — 59.1 x 71.8 cm.

Est. $10,000/15,000

Note: In the Eskimo culture the sun is feminine, ‘belonging to woman’. In her very personal style, Kenojuak portrays a joyful woman wearing the classic chin tattoo. Arts of the Eskimo: Prints, Signum Press, Montreal, 1974, pg. 36

Note: In Inuit mythology the sun and the moon were originally a sister and brother who had an incestuous relationship. In her anguish at discovering the identity of her lover, the sister rushed out of the snow house carrying a brightly burning torch. She was followed by her brother, whose torch was extinguished as they rose to the sky, where she became the sun and he the moon. From: The Inuit Print, The National Museum of Man, Ottawa, 1977, pg. 58

Note: The drawing for this image was originally attributed to Kenojuak Ashevak, she told Dorothy Eber in 1973 that it in fact was by her late husband Johnniebo, a statement later repeated in 1977 to Terry Ryan.

Note: Half of this print edition was pulled in red, the other in yellow.

Auction Results

Auction Date Auction House Lot # Low Est High Est Sold Price
2009-11-09 Waddington's 115 10,000 15,000 27,600.00

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