9" Walrus by Louie Uttaq Gjoa Haven *Commander in Chief*
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Inuit art: Walrus
Inuit Artist: Louie Uttaq
Size: 9" long, 5" high, 6" deep
Community: Gjoa Haven, NU 20
Stone: Serpentinite & Caribou bone
The smooth strong texture of the walrus’ hide is magical.
Somehow it is able to unmask and showcase the barely perceptible underlying musculature.
A walrus is a large bulky animal with considerable girth but Uttaq's Walrus is fluid and playful. Its tusks are exquisite.
The allure of this masterpiece is its realism. This is a sculpture of a real walrus in its natural environment.
I truly admire carvings from distant Northern communities like Gjoa Haven. These carvings are unique and original, not at all like other Inuit carvings. These artists strive to carve in a traditional manner depicting the real animal in its natural setting.
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