Goose, c. 1940-1960
Unknown (Inuit Artist - East coast of Hudson Bay, Nunavik region, Quebec)
greyish-green stone with brown inlay
5.7 x 2.9 x 4.2 cm
Gift of the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, 1992 (Gift of Gunther and Inge Abrahamson, Ottawa, 1984)
National Gallery of Canada (no. 37447)
By the 1940s Inuit were carving in both stone and ivory; the 1949 Guild exhibition included work in both media. By the early 1950s there was a decided shift to stone, probably influenced by the preference of early buyers and carvers' ability to increase the size of the sculpture. These early animal figures still retain the scale and delicacy associated with ivory figurines and models.