Shaman in full transcendental transformation, c. 1900–2000
Walrus bone, tusk & whisker, and dog hair Contact Gallery
18.7 x 6.1 x 3.6 cm
7 3/8 x 2 3/8 x 1 7/16 inches
Exceptional and realistic representation of a shaman in full transcendental transformation. He is shown with two walrus tusks jutting from his mouth. The body is sculpted in an anatomically correct manner with the legs and arms flexed in the animated position of a dance step. The face is expressive with the elements carved in a naturalistic manner. The shaman wore a headband in walrus or seal leather (now missing) and another band or belt across the chest (now missing). A tuft of hair springs from the back of his head forming a coif.
Collected during the '5th Thule Expedition' of the Danish Knud Rasmussen (1921–1924) by the expedition photographer Leo Hansen in 1924. His son by descent.
Ex coll. : David Utzon-Frank, Copenhagen. Courtesy Galerie Meyer - Oceanic & Eskimo Art.