Inuit art: Dancing Bear
Inuit Artist: Nuna Parr
Size: 18" across (16" vertical), 12" wide, 8" deep, 38.6 lbs
Community: Cape Dorset, NU
THIS PIECE IS ELIGIBLE FOR LAYAWAY
MASTERPIECE CARVING & INVESTMENT PIECE
**NOTE** THE BEAR STYLE YOU SEE HERE, IS NUNA PARR'S MAGNUM OPUS IE. HIS MASTERWORK.
This Arching Back Dancing bear, is the sculpture style that made Nuna Parr the most respected and cherished Bear carver in the world. He is one of the top five Inuit Master Carvers in Canadian History.
But, Nuna's arching back dancing bear is now extremely rare.
In the last 2 years, I have had only two arching back bears in the gallery. They were spectacular because the arching back was very exaggerated.
I have never seen a Nuna Parr Arching Back Dancing bear that is also sitting!
In fact, I have never had a Sitting Nuna Parr Bear in the gallery and I can't recall ever having seen one.
This is a REMARKABLE Nuna Parr Bear!
I still haven't fully comprehended the significance of this Nuna Parr bear.
THIS bear is SITTING!
THIS bear is sitting AND also has an arched back!
I looked through my archives and I was correct.
I have NEVER had a Nuna Parr sitting bear NOR have I seen one.
You would think this would be a common position for a bear sculpture.
Seems like it is not!
Now, the Dancing Bear with an Arching Back has become the quintessential posture for which Nuna has become famous.
This isn't because no one else carves this posture; it is because the consensus is that Nuna excels at creating the Arched Back bear.
And as the years wear on, Nuna understandably is carving fewer sculptures and even fewer Arching Back bears.
SITTING + ARCHING BACK = EXTRAORDINARY
I keep looking at this bear as it sits on the shelf in my gallery.
It has a peaceful calmness, as if it is sitting and waiting for a message from the heavens. The stone is lovingly polished to a mirror finish. The dark stone is the perfect choice to allow the viewer to appreciate all the lines and angles in this majestic Parr piece.
This bear will be only increase in value and will I believe will be worth over six figures. What a thoughtful inheritance for your family or friends.
Nuna Parr is a supreme Master Carver. I admire his talent and his years and years of innovative carving.
Nuna has signed this Masterpiece on the bottom.
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