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.
  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 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 ,
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  9. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    no , no , no, 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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