Rare Antique Inuit Kayak Model With Wood Doll/ Greenland Eskimo - Museum Quality For Sale
Fine Inuit - Eskimo Kayak Model with Doll Circa 1890 - 1910
Large & Rare
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Kayak Model ~ Length - - - 2.75"
Base ~ Length - - 2"
Very fine antique Inuit kayak model with original attached wood and cloth doll. With a home-made painted wood stand.
Circa 1890 - 1910.
This example is of museum quality and features a large elegant, thin, proportionate, realistically made, miniature kayak model with the Inuit hunter in place. The boat is made of sealskin, sewn with sinew over a wooden frame. The hunting implements and double paddle are made of wood with bone tips. The Eskimo doll is of carved wood and wearing a realistic hand-sewn linen cloth parka.
The carved features of the dolls face are extremely well-done, giving this piece a personality and life-like quality.
Some of the photos show the doll's cloth hood obscuring part of the face. However, the hood stays in place under the doll's chin, showing the full face very nicely.
Excellent ethnographic condition as shown in the photographs. Light overall wear and small brown spots to the clothing. Overall aged, darkened patina to the sealskin and the wood surfaces. Missing the front bone tip of the kayak. No restoration. Please see the close-up photos for condition.
Kayak models were traditionally made by the Inuit to use as teaching aids and instruction of young male hunters in the art of using a kayak during maritime hunting trips. They were made to be accurate for this reason.
This fine example was purchased from an old ethnographic collection in the San Francisco area, along with another that I sold on recently, and they were in my own collection for 25 years.
It has become difficult to find good examples of kayak models with doll.
This piece will be double-boxed and carefully packed for safe arrival to it's new owner.
PLEASE NOTE :
The low opening offer, with , is not meant to reflect upon the actual monetary value of the piece. My sales are structured this way to encourage offerding and to allow the final sale price to be determined by the buyers.
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This item will be a museum quality addition to any collection of Native American or Ethnographic art and will display beautifully in any Mid Century Modern, Northwest Coast, Tribal, or Arts and Crafts decor.
This object comes from a smoke-free, pet-free environment and it will be carefully packed and shipped for quick and safe arrival to its new owner.
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Rare Antique Inuit Kayak Model With Wood Doll/ Greenland Eskimo - Museum Quality: $525