Lot 114
JOHN TIKTAK (1916-1981), E1-266, Rankin Inlet

HEAD, stone, c. 1970, signed in syllabics,
5.98" x 2.76" x 2.99"
15.20 x 7.00 x 7.60 cm
Rankin Inlet

Est. $5000/7000
Realised: Please contact us for the value of this item
Auction Date: 11/18/2013

Note: “Tiktak began carving after he suffered a serious hip injury while working in Kangiqsliniq (Ranklin) nickel mine. While he was recovering in hospital, a nurse told him that he could earn some money by carving, so that is what he did. In 1963, Tiktak committed himself to being a professional carver, working with a few specific images, including mother and child, single seated and standing figures, and heads. Tiktak’s work is further characterized by a complete absence of hands and by animated faces with features which, over the years have become more and more deeply incised.” Emily E. Auger, The Way of the Inuit Art: Aesthetics and History in and Beyond the Arctic, 2005, p. 116.

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