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Taleelayu, 1994

Oviloo Tunnillie
Canadian (Inuit), 1949
white marble
68 x 14 x 38 cm
Purchased 1994
National Gallery of Canada (no. 37571)

Taleelayu, like Sedna, is one of several names used to describe a powerful Inuit spirit. At one time a woman, she became ruler of the sea animals. Here the artist turns her upside down, as if diving into the water, a pose that emphasizes her flowing hair and fan-like tail.

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