Lot 103
KIAWAK ASHOONA O.C., R.C.A. (1933-2014), Cape Dorset / Kingait

BIRD SPIRIT, stone, signed in syllabics, 1988,
17.99" x 10.98" x 7.99"
45.70 x 27.90 x 20.30 cm
Cape Dorset / Kingait

Est. $7000/10000
Realised: Please contact us for the value of this item
Auction Date: 11/22/2016

Literature: Darlene Coward Wight, Kiugak Ashoona, Stories and Imaginings from Cape Dorset, Winnipeg Art Gallery, page 19

Note: “Kiugak created a series of impressive ‘bird spirit’ carvings over his career. [...] In 2008 interviews, he made it clear that these sculptures depicted the bird shaman, Natturalik (Golden Eagle), from a story told to him by Kiakshuk and others. It is a story about the eagle that abducts a young woman and takes her to his cliff top nest where she becomes his wife. Kiugak described the beginning of the story as involving two girls who were playing together. They pretended to have husbands, using the bones of a bowhead whale. One of the bones turned into an eagle: Natturalik.”

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