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Man and Woman, c. 1920-1949

Unknown (Inuit Artist)

ivory and sinew with blacking
4.5 cm high approx. each
Gift of M.F. Feheley, Toronto, 1984
National Gallery of Canada (no. 28739.1-2)

The development of contemporary sculpture brought about a decided shift to carving in stone. Small, portable ivory figurines such as these are typical of the kinds of works produced for trade with whalers and others who came to the Arctic during the historic or contact period (1750-1949).

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