102 Eldridge St. New York City, NY 10002 , United States Call Seller 646.389.1733


Greenlandic Soapstone Ashtray with Baby Seal & Human Figures

$ 525
  • Description
    Hand-carved solid soapstone ashtray, from Greenland in the mid-20th Century. Soapstone has a rich history for Greenlandic tribes, and has been carved and traded for centuries. Soapstone has a very special feel, and the color of this piece is gorgeous. A baby seal, a crawling baby human, and two tallow candle holders, along with what seems to be a cardholder adorn the rim of this very strange and highly collectible object.

    6" diameter x 2" H

    The marketing of Inuit art to the south led to its establishment as a major contemporary art form which has attracted international interest. The Contemporary Period of Inuit art began in 1949, when a young artist, named James Houston, introduced this art form to The Canadian Handicrafts Guild in Montreal. Pieces created during the Contemporary Period were increasingly treated as objects of sculpture, rather than curiosities. This allowed artists to express themselves with more freedom, and deal with subjects inspired by their inner spiritual life. The Inuit artists continued to create pieces by hand using files and axes - this gives the artist more control to release the spirit and image that lives in the stone. The carving is then brought to life by polishing the stone for many hours with differing grades of waterproof sandpaper.
  • More Information
    Origin: Greenland
    Period: 1950-1979
    Materials: hand carved soapstone
    Condition: Fair. Nicks and marks in the stone, beautigully aged.
    Styles / Movements: Tribal, American Indian, Collectible Design
    Patterns: Animal/Insects, Handmade, Modern
    Article References: https://www.canada.ca/en/conservation-institute/services/conservation-preservation-publications/canadian-conservation-institute-notes/care-inuit-carvings.html
    Dealer Reference #: BR42
    Incollect Reference #: 625074
  • Dimensions
    H. 2 in; Diam. 6 in;
    H. 5.08 cm; Diam. 15.24 cm;
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