Inuit Anonymous, Coppermine Inuit doll with caribou skin clothing and stone head, c. 1955-65
Caribou skin with vestiges of hair, stone and sinew, 14 x 6 1/4 x 3 in. (35.6 x 15.9 x 7.6 cm)
Inuit Anonymous | Coppermine Inuit doll with caribou skin clothing and stone head | c. 1955-65 | Alaska on Madison
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Inuit Anonymous, Fantasy creature
Serpentine, 9 x 6 x 3 in.
I jokingly call this my "Inuit stegosaurus," but in fact it is a fantasy creature by an unknown artist. In the 1960's many Cape Dorset artists experimented with fanciful creatures, and this appears to be one of the results. The style is highly reminiscent of Latcheolassie Akesuk's minimalist carvings, but the piece is not signed and we cannot attribute it to any particular artist. It is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.
Inuit Anonymous | Fantasy creature | | Alaska on Madison
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Inuit Anonymous, Figure with crest, braid and pigeon toes
Stone, 5 x 2 3/4 x 2 1/4 in. (12.7 x 7 x 5.7 cm)
We don't know who carved this unusual transformation piece, but the sculpture speaks for itself. The stone is characteristic of 1960s Cape Dorset, and the composition is so unusual and is carved with such assurance that we suspect that it was carved by one of the master carvers of that era. In the 1960s, a number of Cape Dorset artists were carving fantastic beasts. For another example see the "dinosaur" carving. The whimsicality suggests one of the Ashoona brothers -- Kaka, Kumwartok or Kiugak -- but we will never know for sure.
Inuit Anonymous | Figure with crest, braid and pigeon toes | | Alaska on Madison
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