Featured Is this an eskimo carving? material?

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  1. AntiqueBytes

    AntiqueBytes Well-Known Member

    eskimoandchild1.jpg eskimoandchild2.jpg eskimoandchild3.jpg Very small mother (or parent) and child image. I do not see any signature.
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  2. blooey

    blooey Well-Known Member

    Stone looks wrong for Inuit
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  3. Hollyblue

    Hollyblue Well-Known Member

    Looks like a seal and not a child.
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  4. AntiqueBytes

    AntiqueBytes Well-Known Member

    That makes it a little more special, being a seal. I was thinking the parka was over the head of the child.
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  5. Roaring20s

    Roaring20s Well-Known Member

  6. Potteryplease

    Potteryplease Well-Known Member

    I feel like I've seen some in this stone / style that were Russian Inuit. I had one once that had a Soviet sticker and a number that referred to Siberian pieces. This one looks kinda rough-hewn, but the pattern and stone looks similar.
  7. iPacific

    iPacific Member

    Looks like soapstone, check with your fingernail on the bottom and see if it is soft.
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  8. moreotherstuff

    moreotherstuff Izorizent

    Looks to me like it's meant to be a person.
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  9. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Looks like a mother and child to me. Sweet.
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  10. ulilwitch

    ulilwitch Well-Known Member

    Looks like an eskimo with a baby seal to me.
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  11. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    hunter holding a seal pup, in a storm.......hand raised against the wind blowing from the left....flapping his garment....... not canadian inuit.

    @Mark London
  12. AntiqueBytes

    AntiqueBytes Well-Known Member

    I don't see any mark when I press hard with my thumbnail.
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  13. Hollyblue

    Hollyblue Well-Known Member

    Pressing would not do anything,if it's soapstone you can scratch it with the edge of your fingernail.
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  14. AntiqueBytes

    AntiqueBytes Well-Known Member

    It doesn't scratch. What possible stone could it be made from?
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  15. all_fakes

    all_fakes Well-Known Member

    The appearance is much like a type of marble; but hard to say. It doesn't look to me like the types of stone usually used by Eskimo or Inuit carvers, but stone can be quite variable. I do see it as a hunter with seal pup under his arm.
    @Mark London ?
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  16. Roaring20s

    Roaring20s Well-Known Member

    Art is subjective and an abstracted figure is more so. This is how I interpret the image. :wideyed:

    I think the artist used the darker stone as part of the seal's shape. The white lines are carved. The red is interrupted shape. The seal sits upon a block of snow in blue.

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  17. Mark London

    Mark London Well-Known Member

    It looks like a Siberian piece of an Inuk and dog. This one looks unfinished.
  18. aaroncab

    aaroncab in veritate victoria

    Many possible stones, just not any of the stones that are softer than your fingernail...

    There are many others than are included on this chart, but as you can see calcite and gypsum are softer than fingernails - I think "soapstone" is a catch all term for some types of calcite/gypsum based rocks/minerals.

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  19. Potteryplease

    Potteryplease Well-Known Member

    Roaring20s-- that drawing is amazing! Great eye!!
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  20. Mark London

    Mark London Well-Known Member

    As I was saying... IMG_23612.jpg IMG_23612.jpg IMG_23622.jpg IMG_23612.jpg IMG_23622.jpg IMG_23631.jpg IMG_23642.jpg IMG_23652.jpg IMG_23662.jpg
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