Inuit art: Inuk with Qulliq
Inuit Artist: Jake Kudluk (Kadluk)
Size: 9” tall, 7" wide, 5" deep
Community: Igloolik, NU 7/23
Medium: Bone & Serpentine
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Bone carvings have a distinctive spirit when compared to stone.
Since bone is an animal and not a mineral, perhaps there is a sense of a previous life within the bone.
The bone has more inconsistencies than stone, ie, pores, thin layers, large cavities,and a common ivory colour sometimes speckled with a brown colour
The carver must incorporate these characteristics into the piece which often results in some stunning sculptures.
Let There be Light is a charming piece.
We see an Inuit woman kneeling on the ground, while using a qulliq which is carved from stone.
A qulliq is a "stove" fueled with seal oil which can be used for light or cooking.
I love the detailed face and hair of our woman.
She is serene and focused on the job at hand.
Her body is a perfect example of how Kudluk has fashioned the piece around the bone which gives the carving an abstract look.
I have never seen a bone piece quite like Let There be Light.
Having this piece in your collection would be a coup.
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