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Bear, c. 1950

Moses Echalook
Canadian (Inuit), 1931
black stone
14.2 x 28.6 x 10.7 cm
Gift of the Drache Family, Ottawa, 1997
National Gallery of Canada (no. 39274)
© Moses Echalook

Polar bears are greatly respected for their hunting capabilities and agility on both land and water. In the Inuit system of beliefs, polar bears are powerful spirit helpers that shamans may call upon when they need supernatural strength to win a life-or-death battle. In this sculpture with a lively naturalism, the sleek bulk of the animal's body is poised on tips of its large paws, a graceful balance of form and movement.

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