20" "Spirit of the Land" Whalebone Collage in Baleen by World Famous James Alivaktuk

J. Alivaktuk



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Inuit art: Whalebone Collage 
Inuit Artist: James Alivaktuk
Size: 20" across15" Tall, 6" wide (Large Centrepiece)
Community: Pangirtung, NU
Stone: Mixed Media Whale bone
id: ndc-191-179088egjjy

We can only ship this sculpture within Canada due to international restrictions on whalebone.

Provenance: This storied piece is a set of two whalebone pieces recently carved from by Alivaktuk. A well known carver from the distant community - Pangirtung, NU. They are this years prized pieces. A Carving for the ages that will one day go into a museum.

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.

This story is that of a Sedna goddess of the land overlooking her children, her beautiful animals and Inuit that make up the Northern landscape.

She is overlooking, and protecting each and every one of them from the savagery and brutality of the North and its harsh elements. 

This is one of two pieces in a series of creations recently derived by the duo master artists, notably known for their whale bone creations in majestic formats.

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.


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