18" Masterpiece Whale Bone Sedna Face by world famous Billy Merkosak

Billy Merkosak


$4,775.00 CAD



Inuit art: Bone Sedna
Inuit Artist: Billy Merkosak
Size: 18" high, 10" wide, 6" deep
Community: Pond Inlet, NU
Stone: Whale Bone & Caribou bone
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Museum Quality Sculpture!

U.S. buyers cannot purchase this piece due to whale bone restrictions via customs.

Museum Quality Sculpture!

U.S. buyers cannot purchase this piece due to whale bone restrictions via customs.

Some of the greatest works of Inuit sculpture defy analysis. And sometimes the adjectives actually seem to contradict one another.

How can a sculpture have a commanding presence and yet also be genuinely winsome? How can a work be quirkily naive and yet highly refined? These qualities describe this Sedna masterpiece by Billy Merkosak.

In this intriguingly ambiguous work, Billy brilliantly fuses surface texture and form into his vision of Sedna. He proves that texture does not need to be applied simply as decoration or as a "realistic detail". When applied wisely, it can become an integral element of the form itself.

The result is an almost heraldic composition. This carving is complex. The texture ranges from smooth to porous and rough. The features are human but how do we reconcile the “antler” protruding from the right frontal bone of the skull?

In all my years as an Inuit art dealer, there are a few pieces that have come into the gallery that actually left me speechless. This is one of them. It is a piece that is in a category all on its own.

The educated Inuit art collector is always on the lookout for the perfect bone piece. This one might become yours.

The carving comes with the Igloo Tag of Authenticity.


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