15" Masterpiece Whale Bone Fisherman by world famous Goota Ashoona

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Inuit art: Fisherman
Inuit Artist: Goota Ashoona & Robert Kussy
Size: 15" high, 9" wide, 9" deep
Community: Yellowknife, NWT
Stone: Whale Bone

** This item is Eligible for Layaway Plan

Museum Quality Sculpture!

U.S. buyers cannot purchase this piece due to whale bone restrictions via customs.

Some of the greatest works of Inuit sculpture defy analysis. And sometimes the adjectives actually seem to contradict one another. How can a sculpture have a commanding presence and yet also be genuinely winsome? How can a work be quirkily naive and yet highly refined? This masterpiece has all of these qualities and a more besides.

In this intriguingly ambiguous work, Goota Ashoona brilliantly fuses surface texture and form into this piece. He proves that texture does not need to be applied simply as decoration or as a "realistic detail". When applied wisely it can become an integral element of the form in itself. The result is an almost heraldic composition.

This story is that of a female Inuk catching her meal. The Arctic Char fish is a staple for her diet.


In all my years as an Inuit art dealer, there are a few pieces that have come into the gallery that actually left me speechless. This is one of them. It is a piece that is in a category all on its own. The kind of piece that one day, you will see listed for $40,000 + in an Inuit art auction.

Goota and Bob have teamed up for several years and have become world famous for their bone and ivory carvings. Many of their pieces have been central attraction for art exhibitions worldwide. They have also been featured on the cover of several Inuit art publications.


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