Inuit art: Inuit Hunter on Ice
Inuit Artist: Moses Kamookak
Size: 10" high, 6" wide, 2" deep
Community: Gjoa Haven, NU 21
Stone: Serpentine, caribou antler
Ecstatic is a stunning piece carved by Moses Kamookak that gives us a glimpse into the daily life of the Inuit.
The different coloured tones of the stone is captivating.
The Gjoa Haven artists who carve these daily life scenes are fastidious in their detailing.
The realism of these scenes are accentuated by the accessories (the necklace with its bone medallian, arrow, bow and quiver, separately carved bone hands and face). Indeed, without these dynamic elements, the scene would be quite mundane.
This type of carving is painstakingly carved.
The details reveal the love and respect that Kamookak has for his subjects.
The astute Inuit art collector recognizes the relevance of including these poignant vignettes in their collections.
All carvings have a story to tell but these motifs offer the viewer an opportunity to envision life as it is or perhaps as it once was, for the Inuit.
Fortunately Moses Kamookak is an experienced and masterful carver of these glimpses into life in the Far North.
See our notes on The Gjoa Haven Collection.
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