Anyone able to I.D. this Inuit carver?

Discussion in 'Tribal Art' started by Kevin Meade, Aug 19, 2018.

  1. Kevin Meade

    Kevin Meade Well-Known Member

    Hi Folks.
    Looks to be a walrus without tusks. Very nice color to the soapstone.
    All there seems to be is the carving number label to help with I.D. , but I struck out searching for a name. Anyone able to help out?
    Thanks for any help.
    Kevin
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  2. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    there may be marks under the labels....but you have to remove them carefully.
    The number is the Co-Ops ...& nothing to do with the artist.

    Speaking of marks........ @Mark London ..!!!!!!
     
  3. johnnycb09

    johnnycb09 Well-Known Member

    Looks like a manatee to me. Anyone else think of the Beatles song "I am the walrus" ? :)
     
  4. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    I don't think there are manatees in the Arctic, johnny. ;) What we see is all in our personal perspective.
     
  5. Kevin Meade

    Kevin Meade Well-Known Member

    Would the co-op number cross reference to the carver? I sure hate to mess the stickers up.
     
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  6. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    The Canada sticker should come off reasonably easy , and it's the one that counts.
    The other ...maybe a hair dryer..to loosen it....

    The # is a stock number.....& has nothing to do with the artists #...or name...which hopefully could be under the stickers.

    I forget which area #3 sticker comes from.... Mark should know....

    I just don't see the work as important enough to call the Co-Op and inquire as to their stock numbering system..... even if it were possible...!!

    @Mark London .......what say you Pal !! ??
     
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  7. Mark London

    Mark London Well-Known Member

    The sculpture hails from Lake Harbour and likely from 1981 if I remember how the inventory numbers worked. The front flippers are rather clumsy. Not worth steaming off the labels to look for a signature.
     
  8. Kevin Meade

    Kevin Meade Well-Known Member

    Thank you very much. Glad to have the information. Sounds like it is a trash item. Would it be better off to scrap it in order to keep better carvings in focus? I have a $dollar$ in it and if it is a flaw in the hobby I will gladly make sure it is removed.
    So nice to have knowledgeable folks to help with I.D. on these items. I get excited a bit too easy at times when I see these things at the flea markets.
    Thank you again ,
    Kevin.
     
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  9. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    no , no , no, no......it has value.....and i'm sure could find a buyer..!
    some guys like funky colored stone...& u never know who's lookin !!
     
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