An Inuit soapstone sculpture, Osuitok Ipeelee

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Lot 6085
An Inuit soapstone sculpture
height 20in, length 14in
See illustration

Sold for US$ 11,950 inc. premium
Property from an English collection
An Inuit soapstone sculpture
Osuitok Ipeelee, depicting a caribou, the legs drawn together and standing on a small rectangular base, the raised head with lengthy separately attached antlers, in a mottled dark green stone.
height 20in, length 14in
See illustration

Footnotes

  • Author James Huston, writing for the online Canadian Encyclopedia has written the following about Osuitok Ipeelee: "Since the 1960's Osuitok has created many uniquely delicate sculptures of caribou. His earliest prints of caribou portrayed that same fragility with extreme action. Today his much-sought after works often portray ghost-like caribou on long spindly legs. This is a courageous feat for any artist to attempt in stone. The delicacy of these long legs invites breakage during careful sculpting.
    Osuitok once pointed out that these fragile Inua (caribou spirits) are magically able to blow out their sides, raise their heads and become handsomer and heavier when they know humans are observing them...
    Over the years Osuitok has built an outstanding reputation as a sculptor and has probably gained as much honor and financial success as any other artist in Canada. His work is represented in art museums and important private collections throughout the world."
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