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Fine Grouping Narwhal Inuit Carvings - Isaac Oqutaq - Soapstone Bone

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1980: Item # 1335159
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This beautifully carved group of Narwhals was created by the well known Inuit carver, Isaac Oqutaq ((Ohotaqq), born in 1957. His father, Innuki, was also a recognized carver of Inuit sculpture. The central narwhal has a tusk of ivory or bone, and is of very dark grey or near black soapstone, with flecks and streaks of lighter coloration. One of the smaller narwhals is also dark, with less contrasting coloration, and the other is of dark green soapstone with variation in tone and lighter flecks. All three are mounted on what appears to be an antler, and the sculpture is signed on the bottom of the large narwhal. As they swivel on the base, they may be moved about, and the larger one may be reversed, as is seen in the photos. The antler or bone base is approximately 9" across, with the figures extending beyond the base. The largest figure measures 6 1/2" including just the stone, and is 8" including the tusk. Each figure is well sculpted, and together they are quite beautiful, a wonderful example of the elegance and simplicity of Inuit carving.