Inuit art: Diving Bear
Inuit Artist: Alariaq Shaa
Size: 9.5" long, 6" high, 4.25" wide
Community: Cape Dorset, NU
Fantastic large diving bear! Perfectly balanced!
This sculpture is rather larger than Shaa's typical carvings of dancing bear. It is also somewhat more complex in form in-that it can balance on its hands. The overall effect is lovely and harmonious. There is a brilliant sense of rhythm too as the spirit inside seems to be beseeching its escape from the rudimentary confines of stone in order to come to life; This is of course 'the legend of dancing bear'.
This monumental work is possibly unique in shaa's oevre in that it strays from his more medium sized format of dancing bears. Shaa is just as famous for his depiction of dancing bear as is the likes of other greats like Nuna Parr and Joe Kavik. He has created an impressive body of sculptures depicting human figures and other animals as well, but it is his affinity with the dancing bear that has captured the imagination of collectors.
Alariaq Shaa is in the highest accolades and ranks among artists from Cape Dorset.
This stunning sculpture comes with an Igloo Tag (Certified of Authenticity), it is also signed by the artist.
The carving is completely perfect! We buy directly from the artist and can offer you better deals.