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Owl with Fish in Beak, 1965

Osuitok Ipeelee
Canadian (Inuit), 1922 - 2005
dark-green stone
17.4 x 17 x 8 cm
Purchased 1998
National Gallery of Canada (no. 39637)

An artist's way of depicting the true nature of an animal can vary from naturalism to abstraction. With bulging eyes, delicately incised feathers, and twisted legs, this seemingly top-heavy owl (or "oopik") may appear to be a rather quirky stylization. Yet by accentuating features such as the forward staring gaze and huge beak and clutching claws, Osuitok remains true to the natural characteristics of the Arctic owl.

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