Inuit art: Shaman with Totem
Inuit Artist: Bart Hanna
Size: 30" tall (includes 16" Ivory Totum poll), 15" wide, 9" deep, 60.6 lbs
Community: Iqaluit, NU
Stone: Marble / Ivory
** This item is Eligible for Layaway Plan
Masterpiece Sculpture! Museum quality Carving!
U.S. buyers cannot purchase this piece due to ivory restrictions from Canadian Government Customs. We ship only to a Canadian address.
There are times in life, when you immediately know you are in the presence of something or something extraordinary.
When you see this carving for the first time, you just know that Bart Hanna has exceptional talent.
Start with the brilliantly carved totem.
There are at least 5 stunning carvings in this piece. Each carving easily be a magnificent stand alone sculpture!
The precise workmanship and Bart's imagination are spectacular.
In the last decade, Bart Hanna has become an international superstar and an elite Master Carver.
Finding a Bart Hanna sculpture of this caliber is almost impossible.
"Of this caliber" is the operative phrase.
What I believe about this piece is that Bart is imploring the view to consider the origin of art.
Can we find a connection from contemporary art to the art of the antiquities
Bart Hanna is exploring this relationship.
Additionally Abraham Ruben and Jonasie Faber haven taken the unusual step of paying homage to ancient man and his art and relating it to contemporary Inuit art.
Ruben and Faber have carvings in their repetoire that celebrate the relationship of the ancient Vikings and the ancient Thules. The Thules are the forefathers of contemporary Inuit man.
When I saw this carving for the first time, I immediately realized that Hanna had renderd this piece by drawing upon Classical Greek art.
Classical features usually include male subjects, prominent muscles, anonymous and blank faces. The eyes usually stare and do not make contact with the viewer. The face is symmetrical.
Our face has the blank, symmetrical, and staring eyes. The facial features appear Caucasian; long, narrow, angular nose, cherubic lips, square chin.
The totem headpiece is strictly Inuit. The exquisite embroidery of the ivory tusk includes walrus brandishing tiny, menacing tusks. The male head is decidedly Inuit with his angled eyes, wide nose and prominent lips.
This is a piece of art paying tribute to two ancient cultures. This is why I think this sculpture is so unusual. Would you agree the combination of the two cultures is unprecedented?
You are unlikely to see another piece like this again. Unless it comes from Bart Hanna.
Can you imagine this treasure in your collection? Prepare to have many discussions around this quiet and contemplative figure.
Bart Hanna is part of a small elite circle of Inuit Master Carvers because of his trailblazing talent and ingenuity.
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