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TUDLIK (1890-1966), E7-1050, CAPE DORSET

stone, c. 1955

4" x 3.15" x 2.15" — 10.2 x 8 x 5.5 cm.

Collection of Danish Count and artist, Eigil Knuth, Denmark
Collection of Danish Archeologist and Inuit studies specialist, Jørgen Meldgaard, Denmark
by descent to present owner

Heralded by his colleagues as 'Nestor' ('Elder Statesman') of the Danish polar explorers, Count Eigil Knuth's (1903-96) contributions to science were numerous. Arguably his most crucial contribution to the field was the identification of the Independence I & II cultures. These cultures, which Knuth named after Independence Fjord in Peary land, are immigration waves of Paleo-Eskimo that are separated by nearly 3000 years.

Following the war, Knuth organized the Danish Peary Land Expedition, with the first team traveling North in 1947. The following summer, a young archeology student, Jørgen Meldgaard, would join this investigation. Of this trip, Meldgaard stated, "I was deeply fascinated. After this first expedition, I was stuck with Arctic archaeology"

Jørgen Meldgaard (1927-2007) joined the research team of Eigil Knuth in 1948. Here the researchers sought to express the cultural connections between the north of Greenland with Dorset and Thule Culture in the Smith Sound region and Arctic Canada. Subsequently, Meldgaard would continue his research throughout the Arctic. In the late 1950s, he took a position with McGill University in preparation for his investigations in Igloolik.

Throughout his expansive career, Meldgaard published a number of works, including a co-authored text concerning the three phases of Greenland’s pre-history: Saqqaq, Dorset and Thule. In 1959, Meldgaard declared his fascination with Inuit Art, publishing Eskimo Sculpture.

Meldgaard was awarded the Hans Egede Medal of the Royal Danish Geographical Society in 1976 and in 1997, the Greenland Home Rule. In 2003, Meldgaard was given the Erik Westerby Prize - the highest distinction awarded to an archeologist in Denmark.

Estimate: $1,000—1,500

Auction Results

Auction Date Auction House Lot # Low Est High Est Sold Price
2014-06-02 Waddington's 52 1,000 1,500 2,460.00

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