Inuit art: Dancing Bear
Inuit Artist: Adamie Mathewsie
Size: 3.5" tall, 2" wide
Community: Cape Dorset, NU
Small bears are one of THE quintessential pieces of Inuit art.
People are drawn to “small” objects, perhaps as a subconscious return to the innocence of childhood.
Small bears, in particular, are enchanting. I never have enough of them on hand for my clients.
Their spirit is all encompassing. Such a small being provides so much joie de vivre.
This dancing bear has perfect posture. Mathewsie shows off his carving talent in this 3.5" sculpture. It takes a skillful artist to be able to include all the details of a larger bear in a tiny bear.
I love the quiet energy and the innocence of this piece.
I believe the small bear is the most sought after carving for gifting. Because of their extreme affordability, they are often purchased in multiples. What could be more joyous than two small bears dancing together!
See our May 30, 2021 blog Spotlight on the Dancing Bear.
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