Inuit art: Owl
Inuit Artist: Pits Qimirpik
Size: 9" tall (Beak to Tail), 7.5" Vertical, 6"wide, 5"deep, 6.2 Lbs
Community: Kimmirut, NU
Note**This is one of Qimirpik's larger owls. He rarely carves this size now.
We are told... art, it's personal.
We are told... art, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
I see this magnificent Owl and I am transported back to my childhood years and my fascination with Merlin the Wizard and his educated Owl, Archimedes.
Archimedes was educated and he possessed a great deal of knowledge. He could talk like a human and he was loyal to Merlin and liked to point out Merlin's shortcomings.
He had a sarcastic wit and was often grumpy. But like all good wizards, Merlin could charm Archimedes into a better mood.
I hadn't thought about Merlin and Archimedes in years but then I saw this carving and I was instantly transported back to a wonderful chapter in my life.
Art is magic.
Many of my clients are enchanted with Owls. We usually associate Owls with wisdom but not just intellectual wisdom. Owls can be conduits to the wisdom of the soul.
Because Owls are nocturnal, we naturally think of them as magical, mysterious and fonts of ancient knowledge.
All of Pits' Owl carvings pay homage to the nature of this bird. Perhaps he has his Archimedes story, and this story drives his quest to carve noble Owls.
This carving's gorgeous green stone reflects light like a mirror. This owl is perfectly rounded and symmetrical. The carefully crafted open beak with the pointed tongue is one of Pits' signature designs.
The demeanour of Pits' large owls is always consistent. They are noble, and unwavering. This is a masterful sculpture.
This is a sculpture that will endure and give your collection prestige and cachet.
See our June 5. 2021 blog Spotlight on Pits Qimirpik Birdman of Nunavut.
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