Kayak with Buoy, Two Figures, and a Seal
Arts of the Americas
On View: Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor
These six objects reflect the importance of hunting to Arctic peoples. For millennia, Indigenous communities have not only relied on animals for sustenance but also incorporated parts of them, such as tusks and hide,into a variety of art forms.
Some objects, like the fishing lures displayed here, were produced for personal use, while the three stone sculptures were made to be sold. Of the commercial objects, the walrus figurine and the hunters in a model kayak are naturalistic, while the sculpture of a shaman transforming into a seal is enigmatic and likely depicts a creation story.
Stone, wood, rawhide bands, bone remnants
a (kayak): 1 1/2 x 2 x 14 in. (3.8 x 5.1 x 35.6 cm)
b (buoy): 1 1/4 x 1 3/8 x 5/8 in. (3.2 x 3.5 x 1.6 cm)
c (figure one): 2 1/2 x 1 1/4 x 1 3/4 in. (6.4 x 3.2 x 4.4 cm)
d (figure two): 2 5/8 x 1 1/4 x 1 7/8 in. (6.7 x 3.2 x 4.8 cm) (show scale)
Hilda and Al Schein Collection
Two-person stone kayak with pointed bow and stern; cutout paddle-holes to hold two wooden paddles (each paddle is broken); rawhide strips through kayak (2 at front, 1 at middle, and 1 at back); miscellaneous wood strips under back and front; wood peg in front to hold dead stone seal; wood peg at back to hold stone buoy with rawhide strip around neck; 'Figure 1' with arms and legs outstretched; and 'Figure 2' with arms clasped together and legs outstretched.
Condition: good. Eskimo art label: artist name partially covered by label and "E-56."
[Parts include: a(kayak)= 1 1/2 x 2 x 14 in.; b(buoy)= 1 1/4 x 1 3/8 x 5/8 in.; c(figure one)= 2 1/2 x 1 1/4 x 1 3/4 in.; d(figure two)= 2 5/8 x 1 1/4 x 1 7/8 in.; e(seal)= 3/4 x 5/8 x 2 5/8 in.; f(paddle)= 6 x 3/8 x 1/32 in.; and g(paddle)= 6 x 3/8 x 1/32 in.]
Inuit. Kayak with Buoy, Two Figures, and a Seal, 1950-1980. Stone, wood, rawhide bands, bone remnants, a (kayak): 1 1/2 x 2 x 14 in. (3.8 x 5.1 x 35.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Hilda and Al Schein Collection, 2004.79.17a-g. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.2004.79.17a-g.jpg)
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