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Peter Pitseolak



stone, unsigned, Condition good.

Shallow loss 1 cm in width on reverse side of figure. Minor abrasions.

Please contact the specialist for further condition information.

23 x 18 x 15 in — 58.4 x 45.7 x 38.1 cm

The Chair House Gallery of Folk Art, San Francisco, CA, 1975;
Fred and Laura Reif Collection of Inuit Art, Berkeley, CA

A complex and many-faceted figure, Peter Pitseolak was an important and powerful camp leader in Kinngait (Cape Dorset), once described by James Houston as “the most interesting man on the coast.” [1.] Pitseolak is primarily remembered today for his early attempts at documenting the changing Inuit culture through a series of photographs taken by the artist from the 1940s to the 1960s. Pitseolak is also known for his many prints, and late in life, a series of recordings and written testimonials about Inuit culture. Unknown to many, Pitseolak was also a technically skilled and ambitious carver. In 1955, along with fellow sculptor Osuitok Ipeeleee, Pitseolak was commissioned by the Crown to create a mace symbolic of legislative authority in the Northwest Territories for use in the House of Commons—an early and important recognition of Inuit arts. [2.]

We are pleased to present three rare sculptural works by Pitseolak (lots 10, 11, and 79).

This sculpture (lot 79) is accompanied by an original invoice, 1975.


1. Eber, Dorothy Harley. Images of Justice. Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press, 2005. p. 79

2. Crandall, Richard C. Inuit Art A History. Jefferson, North Carolina, and London: McFarland & Company. 111-112

Estimate: $8,000—12,000

Auction Results

Auction Date Auction House Lot # Low Est High Est Sold Price
2021-12-09 Waddington's 79 8,000 12,000 9,600.00

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