This is truly a small work by a great artist. The bear is about six inches high, but it is packed with energy. The bear is caught in the act of turning, and its paws are all in motion. The stone is classic old Inukjuak stone. The bear is an unusual subject for Saumik, who was known for his sculptures of mothers and children. Bears were, however, popular subjects for early Inukjuak carvers, and Darlene Wight's "Early Masters: Inuit Sculpture 1949-1955" highlights a number of sitting bears.
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