Lot 85
PAUTA SAILA, R.C.A. (1916-2009), E7-990, Cape Dorset / Kinngait

POLAR BEAR, stone, signed in Roman, c. 1970,
9.02" x 7.52" x 2.52"
22.90 x 19.10 x 6.40 cm
Cape Dorset / Kinngait

Est. $5000/7000
Realised: Please contact us for the value of this item
Auction Date: 05/30/2017

Provenance: The Sparham Collection of Inuit Art, Wales, U.K.

Literature: Bernadette Driscoll, Uumajut, Animal Imagery In Inuit Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1985, page 41 & 46

Note: The bear has been widely depicted since prehistoric times because it is connected with shamanism and is an important helper spirit in Inuit culture. Pauta himself has suggested his polar bears are shamanistic. “Polar bears are like human beings. ...I think and feel that the bear has a spirit to be put into the carving.”

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