Lot 82
OSUITOK IPEELEE, R.C.A. (1923-2005), E7-1154, Cape Dorset / Kinngait

WALRUS SHAMAN, stone, c. 1965,
34.02" x 12.01" x 9.02"
86.40 x 30.50 x 22.90 cm
Cape Dorset / Kinngait

Est. $7000/10000
Realised: Please contact us for the value of this item
Auction Date: 05/30/2017

Literature: Jean Blodgett, The Coming and Going of the Shaman, Eskimo Shamanism and Art, The Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1978, page 76, 111

Note: According to curator Jean Blodgett in The Coming and Going of the Shaman, to the angakoq (shaman), the walrus is one the most significant spirit helpers along with the bear and bird. “That false teeth or tusks were used considerably in the shamanic performance is attested by numerous reports and also by recurrence, in contemporary artworks, of the motif of a human with a set of tusks... According to accounts recorded in the historic period, these teeth grew from the shaman’s mouth.”

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