Featured Inuit Soapstone Carving Help Please

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  1. cxgirl

    cxgirl Well-Known Member

    Hi All,
    At first I thought this was a duck, but now I don't think so, just not sure what it is? Also, does this look like soapstone? Has some markings on the bottom that I can't quite make out - I can see 558 and maybe Ped?
    any information appreciated
    thanks for looking:)
    Imports - 1 of 6.jpeg Imports - 2 of 6.jpeg Imports - 3 of 6.jpeg Imports - 4 of 6.jpeg Imports - 6 of 6.jpeg Imports - 5 of 6.jpeg
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  2. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BORED!

    #s 855 & ?
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  3. charlie cheswick

    charlie cheswick Well-Known Member

    Think maybe serpentine
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  4. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    Inuit letters on the bottom , but the label remains are hindering my accurate identification ........
    it's a bird................... nuff said..

    @Mark London
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  5. Potteryplease

    Potteryplease Well-Known Member

    Looks more like a cormorant to me, but their range does not seem to extend into the great white north.
  6. Boland

    Boland Well-Known Member

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  7. Boland

    Boland Well-Known Member

    Agree it does look like a cormorant or maybe then just some other sea bird.
  8. Gus Tuason

    Gus Tuason Well-Known Member

    Yes, soapstone. A variety called steatite used by many tribes for carving.
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  9. cxgirl

    cxgirl Well-Known Member

    thanks for all the replies folks:)
    thanks for the link Boland:) I did the scratch test that was mentioned in the other post, no 'talc' or marks when scratched with a fingernail, thank-you Charlie, I think it is Serpentine. :)
    lol, bird works for me:)

    thank-you Gus:) will see what I can find on Steatite
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  10. Mark London

    Mark London Well-Known Member

    It is not serpentine. Steatite would be a better descriptor.

    While the signature is rather illegible, the second line of text reads Naujat which is the Inuit name for Repulse Bay. While there are a fair number of "listed" artists from the community one must realize that at some point pretty much everyone tried their hand at sculpture so many artists names are not recorded.
  11. cxgirl

    cxgirl Well-Known Member

    great information, thanks Mark:)
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