7" Four Way Diving Polar Bear Etulu Salomonie

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Inuit art: Four-Way Diving Bear       
Inuit Artist: Etulu Salamonie
Size: 7" across (6" horizontal), 6" tall,  5" deep
Community: Cape Dorset, NU
Stone: Serpentine
id: j-AL67566hij

In my 15 years of being an Inuit art curator, I have seldom seen a four way Dancing bear. They are especially challenging to find and even more challenging to carve.

The artist who can achieve this level of carving is a Master carver.

Salamonie is such an artist.
Etulu's pure white polar bear is diving forward onto his front paws and then flipping backward onto  his feet like a break dancer.

Notice the shape of his front paws.  They are triangular!

This agile polar bear is sublime. His happiness is contagious.

See our May 30, 2021 blog Spotlight on the Dancing Bear.


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