Featured Inuit green soapstone carving

Discussion in 'Tribal Art' started by Jeff Drum, Dec 8, 2020.

  1. Jeff Drum

    Jeff Drum Well-Known Member

    Canadian goose; sorry I missed the front on pic. I can't decipher the symbols at all, but think it also has the similarly meaningless (to me) number B5.723-3
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  2. Potteryplease

    Potteryplease Well-Known Member

    B. I. NWT: Baffin Island, NW Territories?
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  3. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    it looks like it could be rather nice !

    Jimmy Eesahlu....ee ha lu..??

    @Mark London
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  4. blooey

    blooey Well-Known Member

    I would say only the syllabics are original to the carving, the other notations and numbers are not usually found on inuit pieces, numbers are, of course but these numbers look like owners marks rather than co-op identifiers which have a different format.
  5. Mark London

    Mark London Well-Known Member

    It is actually siltsone or argilite from Sanikiluaq (Belcher Islands) carved before the creation of Nunavut. The artist is likely Josie Eqilaq (born 1960). All the writing except the numbers are likely by the artist.
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  6. blooey

    blooey Well-Known Member

    Argillite? some soft variety I'm not familiar with I suppose - not at all like the Haida Gwaii stuff, is it? Looks like regular old soapstone to me, but I guess that's just my generic name for most Inuit carvings that aren't specifically identified other than by colour, e.g. black stone/green stone etc..
    The electric chatter-marks from the engraving pencil present in the BI INUIT engraving was the reason I suggested only the syllabics were by the artist - which were as per usual practice, just scratched in.
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  7. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    Haida argillite is indeed quite different ...it's a carbonaceous shale.
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