1978 Davidee Itulu Inuit Scrimshaw Soapstone Double Side #5-81746


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1978 Davidee Itulu Inuit Scrimshaw Soapstone Double Side Unique piece. This piece is one of the largest made by the artist. Size 12 x 5.5″ Inches in lenth and hight. This amazing piece has artwork on bothd size of the soapstone.

Davidee Itulu Inuit Kimmirut, Nunavut Territory, Canada (1929-2006)Itulu was born in 1929 in Tutjaak, near Cape Dorset. In May 1953, his family travelled by dog team to Kimmirut to allow him to build a large fishing boat. He began working on walrus tusks during this period, one of the first carvers in the community to do so. His first carving was a small Inuk boy carrying an ivory seal. Itulu likes to work on walrus tusk which he lets dry for long periods before carving, otherwise they are too alive to be used. aped and filed by hand to a smooth finish, both sides of the tusk are then embellished with images of such arctic animals as wolves, caribou, ducks, geese, seals and walruses, reflecting his life as a trapper and hunter. Itulu also uses his highly accomplished scrimshaw technique on bone, employing the original tools he made in the 1950s. He is also well known for his detailed prints and has been a visiting artist at the Cape Dorset printmaking; Ref: BD1013


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