Inuit Hand Carved Sculpture

Original Hand Carved Inuit Steatite Sculpture

Suggested Price: $360.00

Original Inuit (Eskimo) Ethnographic Steatite Sculpture | Hand Carved Sculpture from Steatite (Soapstone) | Statue depicts Inuit man dressed in traditional heavy winter dress | Dimensions: 10.0″ W x 8.0″ H x 6.0″ D

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  • Large Inuit (Eskimo) Ethnographic Steatite Sculpture | Hand Carved Sculpture from Steatite (Soapstone) | Statue depicts Inuit man dressed in traditional heavy winter dress | Dimensions: 10.0″ W x 8.0″ H x 6.0″ D

    Inuit (pronounced /ˈɪnuːɪt/ or /ˈɪnjuːɪt/; Inuktitut: ᐃᓄᐃᑦ, “the people”) are a group of culturally similar indigenous peoples inhabiting the Arctic regions of Greenland, Canada and Alaska. Inuit is a plural noun; the singular is Inuk. The oral Inuit languages are classified in the Eskimo-Aleut family, whereas Inuit Sign Language is a critically endangered language isolate spoken in Nunavut. In the United States and Canada the term “Eskimo” was commonly used to describe the Inuit and Alaska’s Yupik and Inupiat.

    Inuit art refers to artwork produced by Inuit people, that is, the people of the Arctic previously known as Eskimos, a term that is now often considered offensive outside Alaska. Historically their preferred medium was walrus ivory, but since the establishment of southern markets for Inuit art in 1945, prints and figurative works carved in relatively soft stone such as soapstone, serpentinite, or argillite have also become popular.

    Inuit sculptures had been produced prior to contact with the Western world. Today, Inuit continue to carve pieces entirely by hand. Power tools are occasionally used, but most artists prefer to use an axe and file, as this gives them more control over the stone. The final stage of carving is the polishing, which is done with several grades of waterproof sandpaper, and hours and hours of rubbing. The most common material is now soapstone, serpentine, either deposits from the Arctic, which range from black to light green in color, or orange-red imports from Brazil. Other material used in Inuit sculptures include, caribou antlers, ivory from marine mammals, and the bone of various animals.

    Soapstone (also known as steatite, or soaprock) is a talc-schist, which is a type of metamorphic rock. It is largely composed of the mineral talc and is thus rich in magnesium. It is produced by dynamothermal metamorphism and metasomatism, which occurs in the zones where tectonic plates are subducted, changing rocks by heat and pressure, with influx of fluids, but without melting. It has been a medium for carving for thousands of years.

  • Weight

    35lb.

    Height

    8"

    Width

    10"

    Depth

    6"

    Weight

    35lb.

    Height

    8"

    Width

    10"

    Depth

    6"

    Origin

    Canada