Inuit art: Protective Mother Owl and her Chick
Inuit Artist: Joanasie Manning
Size: 12" tall, 11" wide, 8" deep, 18.2 lbs
Community: Cape Dorset, NU
A creature protecting its babies from danger, is always an emotional event.
This sculpture provokes every one of those deep emotions.
The young bird has a look of curiosity and mischief on his face which provides some comic relief from the serious subject of the Mother-Child bond.
Joanasie Manning is a superb Master Carver. His owls are a cornerstone of my gallery.
What is it about Inuit artists and Owls? It seems that each Owl carver has his signature piece which has become the foundation of his successful career.
Artists like Manasie, Pits, Palaya, Toonoo, and Joanasie each have a distinctive Owl sculpture which is immediately recognizable has his own. These are often the pieces that have brought these artists fame.
When I see Joanasie's owls, these words come to mind: unfaltering, staunch, devoted, dependable.
Joanasie often sculpts a Mother owl protecting her chicks under her large spread wings or he shows us a solitary owl, squatting on the ground with folded wings and huge innocent eyes.
These captivating sculptures draw out our own protective instincts.
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