Multi-Figure Carving

About this object

Narrative

This carving is one of the early Inuit carvings, from Northern Quebec/southern Baffin Island, made when James Houston drew Northwest Coast totem poles as a type of object for the Inuit to carve. The donors purchased it at the Quest Gallery in 1950-51.

Physical description

Small soapstone carving resting on a thick rectangular base with rounded corners. From the top down, there is an bird, a bear, and a walrus head. The bird at the top has red coloured eyes. Both the bear and the walrus have white eyes. The walrus has two white tusks that touch the base.