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Division of Meat, 1959

Tudlik
Canadian (Inuit), 1890 - 1966
stonecut on wove japan paper
30.5 x 22.6 cm
Purchased 1960
National Gallery of Canada (no. 9037)
© Public Trustee of Nunavut. Estate of Tudlik

Already an Elder during his contributions to early graphic arts, Tudlik’s work has been exhibited widely yet remains somewhat mysterious in meaning. Kinngait artists have debated what this print – an unusual image – represents. One source indicates that it was taken from an incised walrus tusk. The image is believed to be either a flayed caribou or seal, however, its use of lines also draws parallels to Inuit string figures.

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