Featured Inuit innit? stone walrus carving - signed - syllabic?

Discussion in 'Tribal Art' started by aaroncab, Feb 4, 2020.

  1. aaroncab

    aaroncab in veritate victoria

    This little guy I believe is a walrus - missing his tusks. Happily paid $20 for him.

    Dimensions - 3.25 inches length, 1.75 inches high.


    Does anyone have any insight on ID'ing the artist based on the signature / marks? I'm guessing it is done in the Inuit syllabic writing system - but I'm having a hard time trying to figure it out. Not even sure which way is up.

    Thanks for taking a look!
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  2. aaroncab

    aaroncab in veritate victoria

    Here's the mark closer up and flipped over:

    walrus mark.jpg
  3. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    yup and yup..........lemme git the book out..
  4. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    hard without the disc number.....

    Pa La Ja...
    Ki I Su - Ki Ga I ....

    @Mark London will know better......even though it's only a small tourist piece....
    still cute though !!!
  5. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BOARED!

    He’s Nifty!!!!
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  6. aaroncab

    aaroncab in veritate victoria

    Thanks for the transliteration!
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  7. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    maybe Mark can speak to why there's no disc number..
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  8. Mark London

    Mark London Well-Known Member

    Palaya (sometimes Padlaya) Qiatsuk from Kinngait (Cape Dorset), Nunavut. No disc number because it’s a relatively recent piece and disc numbers as a means of signing a sculpture stopped being a regular practice by the mid 1970’s.
  9. aaroncab

    aaroncab in veritate victoria

    Thanks much Mark!
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