Lot 242
JOHN TIKTAK (1916-1981), E1-266, Rankin Inlet

HUNCHED FIGURE, stone, signed in syllabics,
12.52" x 7.99" x 5.98"
31.80 x 20.30 x 15.20 cm
Rankin Inlet

Est. $35000/45000
Realised: Please contact us for the value of this item
Auction Date: 11/09/2009

Provenance: Collection of James Houston. By descent to the present owner. Private Collection.

Note: Tiktak began caving after he suffered a serious hip injury while working in Kangiqsliniq (Rankin Inlet) 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. Auger, Emily E. The Way of the Inuit Art: Aesthetics and History in and Beyond the Arctic. North Carolina: McFarland & Company Inc., 2005, p. 116.

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