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Flensed Walrus, 1955

Unknown (Inuit Artist - Nunavik region?, Quebec)

grey stone and walrus ivory
4.4 x 13.5 x 4.7 cm
Gift of M.F. Feheley, Toronto, 1988
National Gallery of Canada (no. 30098)

Proficient hunters before they became artists, the first generation of Inuit carvers effectively translated their knowledge of the habits and physical movement of Arctic wildlife into their art forms. Clearly the artist of this piece understood the anatomy of the walrus and has demonstrated with precision the animal's internal organs.

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