This is a tour de force that showcases Manasie's exceptional imagination and skill. He has started with a caribou skull, and turned it upside down and backwards. That is, the "front" of the sculpture is looking at the skull from behind and below the face. There are two wonderful faces on the piece -- one on the front and one on the back. The antlers have been moved and turned into arms. In addition. to the faces, there is extensive carving on almost every surface of the piece. The legs are made of ribs, and the assemblage stands on a stone base. "One of a kind" does not begin to describe the originality of this piece.
Manasie Akpaliapik | Janus-faced shaman | | Alaska on Madison
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