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Barnabus Arnasungaaq, ᐸᓇᐸᓯ ᐊᓇᓴᒐ



stone, unsigned, Condition very good.

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9 x 15 x 6.5 in — 22.9 x 38.1 x 16.5 cm

Canadian Guild of Crafts, Montreal, PQ, 1972;
Estate of W.A. Ross MacFadden, Toronto, ON

Barnabus Arnasungaaq brings a familiar vastitude and reductive simplicity to his iconic and often revisited subject matter. Rows of short incised lines suggest both the long hair of the muskox, as well as draw the eye to an undulating surface that evokes the massive musculature of the creature.

This example is notable for its subtle and confidently executed suggestion of movement—one hoof cranked backward, the muskox appears to lumber forward, its massive weight conveyed by the hard dark stone indigenous to Qamani'tuaq (Baker Lake).

This lot is accompanied by a photocopy of an Indian and Northern Affairs Canada record of Inuit art in public and private collections document, ref. no. A-3-2.

Related works:

Portland Museum of Art, Ca. No. 2012.127.13
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Katilvik. “Barnabus Arnasungaaq, ᐸᓇᐸᓯ ᐊᓇᓴᒐ”
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Estimate: $8,000—12,000

Auction Results

Auction Date Auction House Lot # Low Est High Est Sold Price
2021-12-09 Waddington's 12 8,000 12,000 10,200.00
2021-12-09 Waddington's 199 6,000 10,000 10,860.00
2019-09-26 Waddington's 7 600 900 1,020.00

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