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Sedna with a Hairbrush, 1985

Natar Ungalaq
Canadian (Inuit), 1959
grey stone, fur, and bone
18 x 21.5 x 20 cm
Purchased 1989
National Gallery of Canada (no. 30256.1-2)

Sedna is both mother of the sea creatures and a fearsome spirit-being. With its mop of dog-fur hair and defiant gaze, Ungalaq's recreation strives to make a familiar subject unconventional. The image recalls a moment, described in legends in which Sedna awaits the arrival of a shaman to appease her anger over some human wrongdoing. Through the combing of her hair, harmony may be restored.

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