Karoo Ashevak

The Coming and Going of the Shaman

c. 1973
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Using the form of mother and child as a visual metaphor, Karoo depicts an initiation process: the transference of power from shaman to apprentice. As often is the case in his work, Karoo focuses on hands and face. The porous whale bone used for the woman/shaman’s face suggests decay and the waning of power and contrasts with the denser bone used for the younger, emerging apprentice.
Title
The Coming and Going of the Shaman
Date
c. 1973
Medium
Sculpture
Materials
whalebone, antler, and stone
Dimensions
38.5 x 27 x 29.5 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 1991
Rights
© Public Trustee of Nunavut. Estate of Karoo Ashevak
Accession number
35877.1-5

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