11" Ulu by Danny Okpik Gjoa Haven

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Inuit art: Ulu on Caribou Bone
Inuit Artist: Danny Okpik
Size: 11" across, 6" tall, 5" deep
Community: Gjoa Haven, NU 20
Material: Steel & Caribou Bone
id: c-071

Here is another Gjoa Haven sculpture that is extraordinary and rare. . Very seldom have we seen an Ulu presented as a piece of exquisite art. 

The question needs to be asked .... why not? 

Gjoa Haven artist Danny Okpik has elevated the status of a common utensil to a beautiful art piece.

Ulus are a very common household tool that is used by the Inuk women to clean fish and cut meat and seal blubber. Essentially the Ulu is kin to our butcher knife.

This is an ancient tool that has been in the Thule bloodline since the beginning of time. Historically, this blade has meant the difference between life and death In the austere environment of the Arctic.

The caribou bone is polished into a refined glossy polish that is cool and silky to the touch. The blade is a new glimmering stainless steel.

The contrast between the delicate sheen of the caribou bone and the aura of strength of the metal blade conjures a mesmerizing art piece that will garner the attention of your audience.

This is a wild card piece for your collection!

Or an extraordinary gift for an extraordinary friend.

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