Inuit art: Caribou
Inuit Artist: Peter Aningmiuq
Size: 7" long, 4" tall (5" antlers), 2" deep
Community: Kimmirut, NU
Peter Aningmiuq resides in Kimmirut, NU (formerly Lake Harbour). Lake Harbour was the site of one of south Baffin Island’s thriving whaling stations in the nineteenth century.
Many of the Inuit who worked at or lived near the station traded ivory carvings to the newcomers. The booming whaling industry was responsible for the long history of carving production in Kimmirut.
By the late mid 1960s, Kimmirut earned a new reputation for the naturalist carving of animals and spirit beings.
Peter Aningmiuq is part of this small but thriving art community. Pitseolik Qimirpik and Mark Pitsiulak are famous carvers also from Kimmirut.
Aningmiuq has chosen a soft pale green stone mottled with dark brown for his caribou. The animal’s hide appears soft and mosslike. The features of the body are primitive and blunt. And yet Aningmiuq is still able to make this caribou refined and sophisticated.
Caribou possesses one of the most unusual sets of antlers that I have ever seen in Inuit art. Instead of the expected delicate branches, these antlers have large “teeth” like one would see on a saw blade. This gives the sculpture an industrial and modern edge. This is a unique and mesmerizing piece of art.
Caribou would be a remarkable find for any Inuit enthusiast eager to add a unique and exceptional sculpture to their collection.