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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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Pitseolak Ashoona

MOTHER BIRDS PROTECTING EGGS


PITSEOLAK ASHOONA, O.C., R.C.A. (1904-1983), E7-1100, CAPE DORSET / KINNGAIT
MOTHER BIRDS PROTECTING EGGS

skin stencil, 1961, 6/50, framed

18.5 x 25 in — 47 x 63.5 cm

Provenance:
a Montreal private collection

Note:
So many of Pitseolak’s drawings and prints are full of busy activity: travelling on foot or by boat, setting up camp, hunting, birthing, or building. Her animal compositions are equally lively, and Mother Birds Protecting Eggs is no exception. Here is what we’re pretty sure is happening: four mother birds are guarding their eggs, which are about to hatch (the three at the bottom actually are hatching). The three raptors at the very top of the picture have swooped down in expectation of a feast and are being met with frantic but not necessarily fierce resistance. It is no doubt a noisy affair.

Reference: this image by Pitseolak was illustrated in Ernst Roch ed., Arts of the Eskimo: Prints (Signum/Oxford, 1974) p. 53.


Estimate: $1,500—2,500

Auction Results

Auction Date Auction House Lot # Low Est High Est Sold Price
2019-05-28 First Arts 43 1,500 2,500 2,040.00

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