Featured 3 Pieces Stone Carving Help 1 Inuit

Discussion in 'Tribal Art' started by cxgirl, Jun 26, 2019.

  1. cxgirl

    cxgirl Well-Known Member

    Hi All,
    3 pieces I need some help with.
    any information appreciated.
    thanks for looking:)
    #1 heavy carved Inuit piece, signed on the bottom but I haven't started to research the marks, wondering what the person is doing? 6"h, weighs 6 1/2lbs
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    #2 carved soapstone? what is this? not sure with the feet 5 1/2"H
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    #3 what stone is this made from? I think the tusks are bone, they look carved. 5 1/2"L
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  2. Hollyblue

    Hollyblue Well-Known Member

    The bird looks like it may be a puffin.
  3. cxgirl

    cxgirl Well-Known Member

    thank-you Holly, I never thought of a puffin, it could be:)
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  4. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    @Mark London ...... is that a noise maker she's holding..?
    or intestines...:eek:
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  5. cxgirl

    cxgirl Well-Known Member

    thank-you komokwa:) I thought maybe some sort of strap or tie-down but couldn't find anything similar. I'm not sure if you are joking around?
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  6. Mark London

    Mark London Well-Known Member

    Possibly playing a string game.
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  7. cxgirl

    cxgirl Well-Known Member

    thank-you Mark, I'll have a look in that direction:)
  8. cxgirl

    cxgirl Well-Known Member

  9. Mark London

    Mark London Well-Known Member

    Here is a better example of a string game by a major carver, Johnny Inupuk, at the height of his powers. string.jpg
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  10. moreotherstuff

    moreotherstuff Izorizent

    String games
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  11. cxgirl

    cxgirl Well-Known Member

    thank-you Mark, that is a nice example:)
    Thank-you MOS, he is pretty good. He makes it looks so easy but I suspect it isn't:)
  12. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    Buzz toy consisted on a flat wooden disk with two holes pierced near the center and there were two small pieces of wood that were attached to a doubled cord that goes through the two holes. The cild holded a handle in each hand, the disk was wound by whirling the string until it is twisted tightly. Then the string is pulled and released alternately. The Indian children would use their spinning disk to touch another child’s disk and try to stop it from spinning.

    I know what you guys are saying.......but I'm still seeing this......
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  13. cxgirl

    cxgirl Well-Known Member

    wow, thank-you for finding/posting this komokwa, that could be it:)
  14. Mark London

    Mark London Well-Known Member

    Komokwa could very well be correct but in either case it is a game rather than intestine or hunting rope, etc. etc. Sadly, the carver of the OP's piece was not at the top of his/her game.
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  15. Mugzinnys

    Mugzinnys Well-Known Member

    We use to make a similar toy with a large 2 hole button. You would wind it up with two hands by turning the button rotating it foward round and round and the string would get shorter and shorter. Then pull outward and the button would spin backward and forward and your hands would be pull in and out. And it would make a beautiful sound. That was in WVA back in the 50's. We did not buy toy we made our toys. One of my favorite toys was a metal bike rim from a bike and a metal clothes hanger running around with the chothes hanger pushing the rim. Way before Xbox.
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  16. Jivvy

    Jivvy the research is my favorite

    I remember doing this!

    I prefer my Xbox. :p
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