Artist of the moment…..Mannumi Shaqu

Mannumi Shaqu was a fantastic Inuit Shaqu born near the Cape Dorset, Nunavet Territory, Canada  in the year 1917. He was actually born in an igloo.

price range information: Carvings range from $500 to $11,000.

When he was young he was scared of white people as he feared they might try to kidnap him.

Started to carve as a teenager and started to work with etching drawings on tusks. His favorite medium was a hard dark stone, serpentine was used in many cases, that he would carve a female out of.

A direct quote from Shaqu reads, ” For many years I have carved. I usually carve every day, I have no other job.”

Shaqu was renown for works often featuring two figures such as husband and wife or mother and child.

What a great life!

Mannumi Shaqu passed away in 2000 at the age of 83 years old.

In this clip we see an example of a work featuring husband and wife.


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