11" Muskox by Louie Uttaq Gjoa Haven *Mighty*

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Inuit art: Muskox
Inuit Artist: Louie Uttaq
Size: 11" long, 8" High, 5" wide
Community: Gjoa Haven, NU 20
Material: Serpentinite & Caribou bone
id: c-079

**This Item is Eligible for Layaway Plan.

In this intriguing and ambitious work, Uttaq presents us with a carving that exhibits all the traditional features of a classic Muskox; the exaggerated "humped" shoulders, the regal horns and the dense long coat of hair.

I truly admire carvings from distant Northern communities like Gjoa Haven. These carvings are unique and original, not at all like other Inuit carvings. These artists strive to carve in a traditional manner depicting the real animal in its natural setting.

This muskox is clearly unique and is carved in a traditional Gjoa Haven fashion.

Its beauty is exemplary. The muskox is one of my favourite Arctic mammals and I am always searching for the next great Muskox sculpture. 

I particularly love the face of this creature.  To me, it has an exotic, slightly Asian look which I have never seen before. The black matte stone romanticizes the sheer power and size of this beast.

Uttaq's work is consistent in its loving depiction of all his subjects. 

As a group of artists, the Gjoa Haven carvers honor the natural spirit of their animal inspirations. 

I can see this piece in the foreground of a diverse Inuit art collection. Or it would be an exceptional gift for a novice collector or as a "one of" for the special person in your life or a colleague.

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