EXCEPTIONAL, this most Rare and Primitive Inuit sculpture from Metiq Belcher Island is signed on the underside by the artist in syllabics. These earlier "treasures" are just superb. Carved by primitive Eskimos who carved what they saw ..they are representative of the enormously rich Eskimo culture of the far north.
During the nineteenth century the Inuit carvers never imagined that their special "whittles" carved during the cold and forever dark days of the winter would become of such great value. With the crudest and simplest of materials, they were able to take a block of stone and create these incredibly strong and distinctive shapes that demonstrated their attitude and spiritual beliefs toward the dignity of the human figure and animals.
For this exceptional carving the artist has taken a very rare and beautiful light olive green serpentine stone possessing wonderful inclusions , and tenderly captured the essence of this young seal. The relentless attention to detail...the sense of realism carved is beyond reproach. Our young seal with his soft rounded head , strong snub nose and muscular body is shown in a private moment as it lays on it's side, flippers outstretched probably enjoying the warmth of a sunny afternoon ....an exceptionally endearing Work of Art.
Of excellent proportions, he will bring life to any small chest of drawers, side or hall table. A Rare and important work you will enjoy for many generations to come.
Measurements; 5 1/2 " (tip of nose to end of flippers) x 2 3/4" ( to top of head)
Condition; Mint, pale green serpentine stone showing multiple inclusions.
SIGNED BY THE ARTIST AND AUTHENTICATED by the CANADIAN GOVERNMENT