Inuit Antler carving, 4 Geese in flight by late Jacob Irkok
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I don't have many Inuit pieces, but this one is just so beautiful, I couldn't resist...
Geese in flight - Antler art carving by late aritst Jakob Irkok (1937-2009) — (E1-271 “ᐃᑯ”)
Measurements depending on how you place the geese, but approx: 11" x 9", 5" high
Showing 4 geese flying, each mounted on a antler base, each can be taken off and moved in different directions. The birds really look alive, wonderful expression, Jacob really mastered the art and probably spent many hours watching the geese in real life.
Condition: it's an older piece, estimated age 1970's, 3 of the geese are in excellent condition, one of the geese has some nibbles on one wing and an artist restoration on the other, please have a close look, it's really difficult to see and doesn't take anything away from the beauty of the piece.
The artist: Jacob Irkok, born in April 1937 in Arviat, Eskimo Point, Kivalliq (Nunavut) Canada, was a master carver and one of the Inuit art pioneers. Jacob was famous for his caribous, both in stone and bone. Jacob Irkok began carving in 1962; he recalls that his first sculpture, carved in antler, depicted a caribou and wolf fighting. He sadly left us in 2009 when he was 72 years old.
For centuries, Inuit have been carving antler with artistic designs. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, they began creating sculpture as a source of income. These early commercial carvings were sold or traded to European and American whalers, who began frequenting the arctic regions at that time. The early works were, usually, small carvings from walrus ivory, representing local animals and Inuit themselves, going about everyday life. Seals, caribou, polar bears, birds, and other animals important to Inuit’s survival were often represented. As well, they carved small ivory genre scenes of hunting from kayaks, driving dog teams, or flensing seals. Appropriately, these small items are usually referred to as “trade sculptures.”
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