16" Walking Bear by Matt Flaherty *Chatting*

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Inuit art: Walking Bear
Inuit Artist: Matt Flaherty
Size: 16" long, 7" tall, 6" deep; 24 lbs
Community: Cape Dorset, NU 21
Stone: Serpentine 
id: ndc-217-1268774Fcabjy

**This Item is Eligible for Layaway Plan.

Masterpiece Sculpture!  Sleek Movement!

People never seem to tire of Black bears.

Some search for the quintessential jet black marble bear carving.

Others prefer black serpentine combined with colourful veining or speckles.

This bear is peppered with torquoise on his right flank and yellow flecks on his left side. This is a unique pattern of colour.  I love carvings whose stone is an unusual colour or colour pattern.

For instance, Louis Arnaryuinnaq's The Wind's Howl, Billy Merkosak's Marble Magnifique and Pea Michael's Exhilarating Aqua Green Bear.

The other highlight of this bear is its yawning open mouth.

Bears have scenting glands in the roof of their mouth so he may be checking out his territory OR they relay information by "gaping" opening its jaws wide while in close proximity to another bear's face.

I can't recall seeing an open mouth this wide on a walking bear.

Matt has made our bear chunky and muscular. He has considerable mass but I see him as sweet natured and friendly.  I think his open mouth means he is chatting with a friend! 


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