Lot 242
PEGGY EKAGINA, Coppermine/Kugluktuk

DANCER, stone, fur,
5.51" x 2.52" x 2.01"
14.00 x 6.40 x 5.10 cm

Est. $400/600
Realised: Please contact us for the value of this item
Auction Date: 06/02/2016

Literature: Knud Rasmussen, Intellectual culture of the Copper Eskimos, 1932, p. 15 For a similar piece, see Jean Blodgett, Selections from The John and Mary Robertson Collection of Inuit Sculpture, exh. cat., 1986, p. 49, pl. 28

Note: For the act of dance amongst the Copper Inuit (Kitlinermiut), participants would adorn a separate parka, with wolverine or weasel tassels hung on the back. In addition, the dancers wear loon dance caps, as seen in this lot. The loon’s beak was placed on top of the cap, with a weasel skin suspended from the beak. As the dancer moved, the skin would sway, heightening the performance and the motion of the participant.

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