Inuit art: Sedna and Char Fish
Size: 26" high, 12" wide, 8" deep
Community: Cape Dorset, NU
Inuit Artist: Isaaci Etidloie
When Isaaci’s Sedna was presented to me, I honestly gasped. This is an enormous piece. Its sheer size demands your full attention.
My first reaction was that Isaaci hadn’t just carved a Sedna, he had lovingly sculpted the essence of a woman.
Her clenched fists and muscular upper body reflect her strength and determination. Her femininity is captured in her slim hourglass figure and her mythical mermaid tail.
Isaaci has bestowed upon her a soft and alluring face; her thick long hair is swept into a flaxen braid.
Still, this young woman IS a Sedna; she is the Goddess of the Sea. Sedna exists to protect and guide all her “children”. She determines which of her creatures she will keep and which she will let go. Inuit hunters and fishermen have great respect for her power and her compassion.
Etidloie has chosen the perfection colour combination for his Sedna. The apple green serpentine stone plays against the heavily veined dark green serpentine conjuring the underwater world of seaweed and dark water. Her companion Char reminds us that she is not human. We are so bewitched with her female command, we forget she is a mythical creature with a mermaid tail.
It would be an understatement to say that this carving would be the centrepiece of your collection. This piece is so magnetic it could dominate any space in which it was placed. But remember, if you make this Sedna yours, she will lovingly embrace you as her own!
This carving is signed by the artist and comes with the Igloo Tag of Authenticity.
ISAACI ETIDLOIE (1972-)
Community: Cape Dorset
Isaaci comes from a family of renowned Inuit artists, his father, grandfather, grandmother and his uncle are all talented Inuit artists from Cape Dorset.
He started carving at the age of 7, he leaned by watching other artists.
Isaaci is known mostly for his loons sculptures, but sometimes he also likes to carve sednas and animals.