Two Inuit carvings listed locally.

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  1. J Dagger

    J Dagger Well-Known Member

    Last of my three posts of local listings I found today are two stone Inuit carvings. One walrus signed by the artist “Kipolhoon Homer Alaska 1982”. There is another piece with the same signature on worthpoint, I just can’t access it. There’s also one mentioned on a collectors site with lots of NA stuff but it seems to not actually be there anymore and just shows up in searches. The two found in searches and the one I found for sale today are all from 1982 I believe. Does anyone know the signature? It’s listed at $50 and has been up for a while so should be able to get it for less if it’s a good one.

    The other one I found looks quite large relative to the bricks in the photo. This is the only photo available unfortunately. I’ve requested more and I am waiting. It’s just a face in hood carved in white stone. Is this marble? Light colored soap stone? Other? Listed at $100 obo.

    Do either look like good buys? At about half these prices I would probably take them and figure it out later but may as well get some quick opinions. 56AA8E7B-6CA0-4A72-9C19-6724BEFB3C27.jpeg C93B7D34-C6A5-4A8C-82DB-BAF4E644A6B9.jpeg BA9FE86C-ED8A-43CF-A561-D21B1644D2E1.jpeg
     
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  2. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    stay away from both if you are interested in real Inuit carvings......
    BTW...the Inuit are not from Alaska.....that would be Alaskan Eskimo..
     
  3. J Dagger

    J Dagger Well-Known Member

    Good point and thanks for the heads up :). I didn’t love either for me but if there was a buck to me made I wouldn’t have minded making it.
     
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  4. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    in this case the buck being made....would only be by the seller..! :hilarious:
     
  5. J Dagger

    J Dagger Well-Known Member

    :) well we don’t want that! The white one is just a lady seemingly clearing out her parents or other relatives estate. The other may be someone who knows more.


    I did buy something recently I would like your opinion on though. Supposedly a NW NA potlatch bowl but I definitely need some good eyes on it. It looks good to me. I’ll post it sooner than later!
     
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  6. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    I'll be watching.....& so will others !
     
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  7. Hollyblue

    Hollyblue Well-Known Member

    The head looks like travertine and there are deposits in the PNW.
     
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  8. iPacific

    iPacific Member

    I think Kipolhoon is an artist from Alaska, family from https://kawerak.org/our-region/unalakleet/ Not sure about the Homer connection. Likely she is Unaligmiut Eskimo, but really don't know.
    She works in soapstone carvings and other modern media.
    This looks to be her:
    I worked with a writer in Anchorage whose long-gone grandmother was named Kipolhoon, so it took my interest.
     
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  9. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    maybe...but the carving is nothing more than a blob...
     
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  10. johnnycb09

    johnnycb09 Well-Known Member

    Personally I love the lady bust ! Id absolutely buy that .
     
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  11. J Dagger

    J Dagger Well-Known Member


    Really great video thanks! I wouldn’t be too surprised if it was her or a family member. I don’t know how frequently but it seems that with relative frequency there is more than one artist in NA families that works in the same medium.
     
  12. J Dagger

    J Dagger Well-Known Member

    Good to know! It was one of those things I thought someone else would like enough that I could make a buck off it sooner or later if I got it at the right number. That’s when I was assuming it was NA made though. If it’s not I’m not so sure.
     
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