Inuit art: Muskox
Inuit Artist: Simeonie Killiktee
Size: 14" long, 8" high, 5" wide
Community: Kimmirut, NU
What struck me immediately when viewing this masterpiece for the first time was its jaw dropping speckled stone. Wow! This stone completely did it for me. The light gleaming off of its back highlights this piece to another level.
Killiktee’s muskox stands on all four legs enjoying the snowy wintery day.
The long hair of the beast’s back flows around him like a prayer shawl. He has the appearance of a wise religious man preparing to deliver words of wisdom to his flock.
From prehistoric times to the present, this shaggy mammal has provided the Inuit with meat, warm sleeping robes and horn used to manufacture weapons, tools and artistic carvings. The Inuit also have a deep spiritual connection to this animal.
Killiktee honours this deep bond to the muskox in this carving. The deep rich speckled stone glows in the light. Each strand of hair on the underbelly and the back fringe is meticulously and patiently chiselled with obvious care.
The posture is simple and potent. It resembles the older style of the great master carvers; a style that is strong and quiet in its longevity.
This piece is large and would be a powerful centrepiece.
An igloo tag of authenticity is attached.