20" Diving Seals by Ningeosiak Ashoona
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Inuit art: Diving Seals
Inuit Artist: Ningeosiak Ashoona
Size: 20" tall, 8" wide, 5" deep
Community: Cape Dorset
This is a masterpiece of a rare breed. A beautiful and poignant sculpture portrays a family of whales, a rare variety of breed no doubt. Ning eloquently captures the whale's natural movements and flow through posture alone, conveyed by means of the sparest and subtlest of undulating sculptural forms.
The highlight of this piece is exclaimed to the stunning dark serpentine stone setting. This establishes a gateway to a euphoric dynamic where the sculpture is completed to a degree of perfection rarely ever seen.
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? How can a sculpture be truly monumental and yet oh so caressable? This masterpiece has all of these qualities and probably a few more besides.
The reflection, polish and shine are divine. The proportions are perfect and very life like.