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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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Pauta Saila, ᐸᐊ ᓯᓚ

POLAR BEAR


PAUTA SAILA, R.C.A. (1916-2009), E7-990, CAPE DORSET / KINNGAIT
POLAR BEAR

stone, signed in Roman, c. 1970

9" x 7.5" x 2.5" — 22.9 x 19.1 x 6.4 cm.

Provenance:
The Sparham Collection of Inuit Art, Wales, U.K.

Literature:
Bernadette Driscoll, Uumajut, Animal Imagery In Inuit Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1985, page 41 & 46

Note:
The bear has been widely depicted since prehistoric times because it is connected with shamanism and is an important helper spirit in Inuit culture. Pauta himself has suggested his polar bears are shamanistic. “Polar bears are like human beings. ...I think and feel that the bear has a spirit to be put into the carving.”

Estimate: $5,000—7,000

Auction Results

Auction Date Auction House Lot # Low Est High Est Sold Price
2017-05-30 Waddington's 85 5,000 7,000 5,040.00
2015-11-16 Waddington's 132 7,000 10,000 7,200.00
2015-11-16 Waddington's 133 5,000 7,000 8,400.00
2015-11-16 Waddington's 42 2,500 3,500 4,800.00
2012-11-05 Waddington's 87 18,000 22,000 20,400.00
2010-11-08 Waddington's 294 15,000 20,000 26,400.00
2007-11-05 Waddington's 112 8,000 12,000 9,000.00

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