30" Haunted Spirit Bob Kussy & Goota Ashoona On CBC TV

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Inuit art: Female Spirit
Inuit Artist: Goota Ashoona & Robert Kussy
Size: 30" high, 15" wide, 8" deep
Community: Yellowknife, NWT 19
Stone: Whale Bone

** This item is Eligible for Layaway Plan

Museum quality Piece!

U.S. buyers cannot purchase this piece due to whale bone restrictions from Canadian Government Customs.  We ship only to a Canadian address.

Provenance - May 2021
This museum piece walking bear along with two other pieces in our gallery were recently featured on an award-winning documentary that aired on the CBC last Saturday, April 30th.

If you would like to own a masterpiece that has this kind of notoriety and recognition then do not hesitate. Several other pieces from the documentary which were in our gallery have been sold already.

We had three of Joe's large bears in the last year. This is the last one available. The fact that it was in the documentary, gives it a provenance that will make it an investor's dream.

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.

In this intriguingly ambiguous work, Kussy brilliantly fuses surface texture and form into this piece. He proves that texture does not need to be applied simply as decoration or as a "realistic detail". When applied wisely it can become an integral element of the form in itself. The result is an almost heraldic composition.

This story is that of a Sedna goddess overlooking an Inuit hunter, protecting him from the savagery and brutality of the North and its harsh elements. The hunter is deciding whether his life has come to an end, and his life is in Mother Sedna's hands. Will he live? Or will he become reincarnated into an owl?

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

Goota and Bob have teamed up for several years and have become world-famous for their bone and ivory carvings. Many of their pieces have been central attractions for art exhibitions worldwide. They have also been featured on the cover of several Inuit art publications.

 See our May 7, 2021 blog Spotlight on Goota and Joe Jaw Ashoona.

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