Inuit art: Inuit Boy with Shaman
Inuit Artist: Manasiah Akpaliapik
Size: 19" wide, 16" tall, 12" deep
Community: Arctic Bay, NU
Stone: mixed media - marble stone, antler, shell fish (eyes)
Provenance October 2019.
Manasie will premiere our new brick and mortar Gallery opening this Saturday, October 12, 2019. This is an Exhibition piece carved just for the Gallery Exhibition.
The Story of Qalupiluk as told by Legendary artist - Manasiah Akpaliapik
"A group of children were playing on top of a huge rock very close to the shoreline, where they knew they weren’t suppose to play because there was a Sea Monster (Qalupiluk) living nearby. And this Sea monster loved little human children so much he would steal them.
He had a magic bag where he could put several children at one time and take them to the bottom of the ocean where he lived.
So the children were playing and one of them noticed Qalupilik was coming towards the rock where they were playing. He yelled to the others “QALUPILIK IS COMING !!!!!!!!! “ So they ran away……
All except one little boy who was cripple and couldn’t reach his cane in time to escape….
Qalupilik grabbed the boy’s cane and and teased at the boy that he was trapped…..
Then Qalupilik looked down at the boys foot and his big toe was sticking out of a hole in his boot….
Qalupilik asked ....”WHAT IS THAT !???? “
The boy realized he had a chance to save himself, so wiggling it in the monsters face he said in a mean voice,
“Oh that thing, it likes to eat Qalupilik !!”
It worked !!!!!!
Qalupilik was scared away ….
The MORAL of the story is that ;
"No matter how difficult the situation may appear you can always find a way through."
The Shaman was so touched by the boy’s generosity and nobility that he let him live and keep his trophy.
The carving itself is a spectacular Masterpiece. The shaman’s eyes are carved using green shellfish.
Manasie has had many prestigious commissions. He is in the premier elite circle of Premier Master carvers which includes Manasie, Paul Maliki and Abraham Ruben.
This is your chance to own not just a Masterpiece carved by one of the top five Inuit carvers in the world BUT a carving that has a unique Provenance which will enhance its investment value.