Vintage Inuit Black Stone Carving - Man Stretching Otter SkinVintage Inuit Black Stone Carving - Man Stretching Otter SkinVintage Inuit Black Stone Carving - Man Stretching Otter SkinVintage Inuit Black Stone Carving - Man Stretching Otter SkinVintage Inuit Black Stone Carving - Man Stretching Otter SkinVintage Inuit Black Stone Carving - Man Stretching Otter SkinVintage Inuit Black Stone Carving - Man Stretching Otter Skin

Fine, well executed Inuit black stone carving shows a figure leaning forward and stretching an otter skin. The piece stands 6 1/4" tall and the base is 4 3/8" by 2 1/4". The carver has left the top of the base unpolished to provide contrast and realism to the figure. Fully signed on the bottom as shown. It bears the early English only Igloo tag dating it to the 1940s or 50s. The Government of Canada registered the symbol of the Igloo as a trademark to identify the artwork as authentic and handmade by Canadian aboriginal artists to protect Inuit artists and buyers. The piece is also signed with Inuktitut syllabics as "Moses". Followed by the disc number E9 - 791. The Canadian government issued disc numbers to the Inuit starting in the 1940s up to the 1970s. The disc numbers were to be used in place of names. An E or W indicated Eastern or Western Arctic origin. The next single or double digit stood for where the wearer came from. The last one to four numbers were particular to that person. The numbering system was used in what is now the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. It is these disc numbers that Inuit artists from that time period inscribed on the bottoms of their sculptures. I was unable to definitively identify the sculptor as there are over 4 dozen Inuit artists using Moses or some variant of that name in their signatures, but none that I could match to this disc number. There is also an old hand written tag with "Moses" and another that described the figure. Whoever the sculptor was, the work stands on its own artistic merits and quality of execution as a very fine vintage example. Condition is very fine too.

Item ID: RL1746

Vintage Inuit Black Stone Carving - Man Stretching Otter Skin

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