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Canadian & Inuit Sculptures

Sculptures from Native Canadian artists have been found as early as 600 B.C., with early sculptures depicting birds, human faces, and small masks. They are believed to have had a ritualistic purpose of warding off evil spirits. In the Dorset culture, Native Canadian artists sculpted walrus ivory, caribou antler, and soft stones.

The Thule people, who replaced the Dorset around 1000 A.D., favored a more utilitarian sculpture. Much of their sculpture focused on decorating objects such as buttons and harpoons. This changed in the 1500s after Western contact when the Inuit began to trade with Western whalers. Artists began to produce artwork specifically for a more commercial western audience. This change was later reinforced by the Canadian government, which sought to promote native arts... Read more

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Inuit Dancing Bear

May 27, 2018, 11:00 PM PST
Port Alberni, BC, Canada

$325 (starting bid)

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Inuit Dancing Bear

May 27, 2018, 11:00 PM PST
Port Alberni, BC, Canada

$375 (starting bid)

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Inuit Bear Cubs Dancing Pair

May 27, 2018, 11:00 PM PST
Port Alberni, BC, Canada

$275 (starting bid)

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Lot 7 Signed Inuit Eskimo Stone, Bone Sculptures

May 30, 2018, 4:00 PM EST
Sunrise, FL, USA

$100 (1 bid)

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