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Hunter, c. 1950-1954

Isa Paddy Aqiattusuk, Attributed to
Canadian (Inuit), 1898 - 1954
serpentinite with soap inlay and ivory
23 x 13 x 8 cm
Purchased 2005 with the generous support of TD Bank Financial Group in commemoration of the National Gallery's 125th anniversary and TD's 150th anniversary
National Gallery of Canada (no. 41582)

Aqiattusuk was one of the first Inuit artists to be known by name. Despite its relatively small scale, this sculpture communicates the traditional male role in a heroic way. With minimal detailing and a focus on the hunter's stance, the artist conveys the qualities of strength and determination - the physical and mental assets needed by men to provide for their community.




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