10" Resting Caribou by Jacob Irkok (1937-2009)

Jacob Irkok

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Inuit art: Resting Caribou, 1995
Inuit Artist:  Jacob Irkok (1937-2009)
Size (not including antlers): 10" across, 8.5" long, 7" high,  5" wide 9 lbs
Community: Arviat
Stone: Serpentine (beautiful black)
id: caps-821002778-cge

The last available caribou by master carver, one of the Inuit art pioneers, Jacob Irkok from Arviat. Jacob was famous for his caribous, both in stone and bone. Those ones carved out of stone are more rare. This is a museum quality sculpture.

Jacob Irkok (1937-2009)

Date of birth: April 19, 1937
Community: Arviat
E-number: E1271

Jacob Irkok began carving in 1962; he recalls that his first sculpture, carved in antler, depicted a caribou and wolf fighting.* 
*Interview with the artist, August 1989, Ingo Hessel Excerpt courtesy Inuit Art Section, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), 1997.

Sculpture/Inuit: Masterworks of the Canadian Arctic, Canadian Eskimo Arts Council
The Abbott Collection of Inuit Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery
The Year of the Walrus, The Arctic Circle
The Year of the Bear, The Arctic Circle
The Jacqui and Morris Shumiatcher Collection of Inuit Art, Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, University of Regina
Eskimo Point/Arviat, Winnipeg Art Gallery
Eskimo Point, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
The Williamson Collection of Inuit Sculpture, Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, University of Regina
Nagdjuk: Gift of the Caribou, Art Space Gallery
Masterwork Sculpture 1985, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
The Treasured Monument, Marion Scott Gallery

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