Inuit Carving with Scrimshaw
Carver- Billy Merkosak
Pond Inlet, Nunavut, Canada
This carviing is of an Inukshuk. There are scrimshaw pictures of an owl, a northern landscape, an igloo, a narwhal, a walrus, a seal a child catching snowflakes and what appears to a woman holding a feather high in the air.
Inukshuks are structures of stones stacked usually in the form of a human, traditionally used by the Eskimo/Inuit people as a landmark or as a commemorative sign. It is omni-present in the Inuit tradition.
This sculpture stands 10-1/4” high and is approximately 9” wide and 2-1/2” deep across the base.
This item is in excellent condition. It comes from a shop that has closed due to retirement.
It is heavy, weighing in at 5 pounds 14 ounces.