Featured Unsigned serpentine Inuit? carving...

Discussion in 'Tribal Art' started by aaroncab, Jan 2, 2020.

  1. aaroncab

    aaroncab in veritate victoria

    This stone carving is 5.5" long, and 4" high. Appears almost black but in very bright light it is actually dark green (I think serpentine). I'm including a pic under a bright light to see the color. I'm assuming hopefully correctly that this is an Inuit carving. My question is what is depicted here... a mermaid type figure? Or just a woman/girl wrestling/holding a fish?

    Found in a thrift store so where it came from before then is anyone's guess.

    Thanks as always for taking a look!

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  2. blooey

    blooey Well-Known Member

    Interesting carving. I don't know what it depicts though ..
  3. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    It might be a black basalt carving...of a hunter with a fish...maybe...early...???
    Let's give a shout out to the expert.....
    @Mark London , for his take on things
  4. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    Happy New Year Mark !!!:)
  5. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    I was ready to suggest basalt. That's what this is:


    Olivine inclusions are common.
  6. say_it_slowly

    say_it_slowly The worst prison is a closed heart

    Does look like a mermaid to me.
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2020
  7. ulilwitch

    ulilwitch Well-Known Member

    This is adorable. Looks like a very happy young girl.
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  8. Mark London

    Mark London Well-Known Member

    It is Sedna the Inuit sea goddess.
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  9. aaroncab

    aaroncab in veritate victoria

    Thank you very much Mark, quite fascinating!
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