INUIT Portrait of Egg ca. 1970 [P/R/T] - x +
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CN: Inui1970port

MT: basalt (4x3x4)

DN: Mr. Takis Efstathiou - 2007

CM: This carving in stone by an anonymous native Canadian sculptor seems to represent the portrait of an egg. The mastery of carving basalt is a prerogative of Inuit carvers from Nunavut, the Baker Lake region of Canada. The carving on the stone, which suggests the face, is of a highly stylized manner, which makes this work a particularly fine and representative example of Canadian aboriginal art. Inuit work reflects the enduring theme of transformation in the myths and artwork of the Arctic peoples. Whether changing from animal into animal or human into animal, such native sculpture represents the belief that nothing dies - it merely changes form.

[Megakles 08/2007]

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