Inuit art: Owl with Inlay Eyes and Beak
Inuit Artist: Palaya Qiatsuq
Size: 12" long, 9.5" wide, 3" deep. Weight: 4.6 lbs
Community: Cape Dorset, NU
Everything about this piece is perfect. From the intense deep dark grey stone, to the full motion of the owl dancing. The inlayed eyes contrast remarkably well against the dark stone and really give that electric feel to the piece. The eyes are captivating and are made with caribou antler.
The refinement and polish are also beautifully done. The size is quite large and can easily be a centrepiece for any home. Palayas owls in in extremely strong demand. I had to wait for quite some time before getting this one.
Palaya Qiatsuq (1960)
Palaya Qiatsuq was born in Cape Dorset and began carving around 1977. He learned to carve from his father, the well known sculptor and print maker Lukta Qiatsuk. Palaya works in soapstone and bone, and carves each sculpture with much attention to detail.