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Inuit Sculptures at

The Inuit people of Northern Canada (also known by the somewhat controversial term ‘Eskimo’) are well known for their . Originally they worked small sculptures in walrus ivory, but now generally use stone including serpentine and steatite, creating larger unique handcrafted representations of their native wildlife such as seals, bears and wolves. Historically these carvings were believed to bring good luck, and amulet-sized carvings were often worn as necklaces.

These days Inuit stone statues are more usually found on display in museums or for sale to tourists. Their individuality ensures that they sell for many hundreds of dollars, because even today, most carvings are made and polished by hand. have added a range of Inuit statues to the available on their website to allow firms to benefit from the positive energy these carvings are thought to emit. Each item has a fully illustrated entry with several views and a zoomable photograph to allow purchasers to appreciate the detail and polish of these heavy stone sculptures.

Not only are these pieces a real talking point for their beauty, they are bound to draw the eye of any visitors when placed in a reception area or boardroom. These artworks make good lasting gifts for a special occasion, and despite their expense, are likely to appeal to those with an interest in the life of the North too. From the point of view of the Inuit creators, each animal symbolizes a different trait or characteristic, so it would be perfectly possible to tailor any gift to express the energy of the animal depicted. The artwork available on is by named artists from the Cape Dorset area of Baffin Island, which makes it generally among the best quality currently available. This also ensures the ’ authenticity, especially as there are many copies on the market today. Prices for the range available at start from $465 and animal subjects include the Arctic char, polar bears, seals, beluga whales, birds, caribou, otters and wolves. Bears symbolize a deep connection with the spirit world, seals and whales provide a link to Sedna, the goddess of the sea. She provided the Inuit with food as long as she was happy.

The collectible value of Inuit has been recognized since the 1980s when a wider market first emerged for it. Today the Museum of Inuit Art in Toronto has one of the biggest displays of Inuit handcrafts of all kinds, not just sculptures but also ceramic pieces, prints, hangings and sketches. There is now another way for collectors to acquire a piece of this unique artwork through the range of positive energy original Inuit sculptures available on the ExplosionLuck site.

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BodieMor wrote on January 23, 2015, 6:15 PM

I have a couple of small Inuit pieces inherited from my stepfather. I'm wondering if they came from time spent on the DEW Line in the 1950s...

seren3 wrote on January 23, 2015, 7:57 PM

I will certainly visit that place if I ever get back to Toronto.

celticeagle wrote on January 24, 2015, 11:34 AM

Sounds fascinating.

Squidwhisperer wrote on January 29, 2015, 11:45 PM

Those must be something, predating the commercialization from the 70s or so onward...

Squidwhisperer wrote on January 30, 2015, 12:06 AM

Tricky stuff this. There is amazing stuff out there but also a lot of junk. It's a crap-shoot, but also in the eye of the beholder. If I ever had a regret on a purchase - or not making one - it was while passing through an airport in the NW Territories, in which they had a gift-shop. Hundreds of carvings. All sorts of elaborate and complicated pieces. I was with a group of five. We all wandered about for a 1/2 hour. But my eye and hand kept coming back to a carving of a polar bear, about one foot long, six inches high. Weighed 5 pounds at least. It mesmerized me. It wasn't a terribly realistic carving, but it somehow held the movement - the energy of the bear. Touching it, though made of soapstone, it felt like touching firm water. It was $2000, which was way more than I could afford. But, in the plane-ride heading south, I did the math. Subtracting store mark-up and materials, I guessed the carver made between 10 and 20 bucks an hour for the piece. Minimum wage at the time was maybe 7 bucks an hour. This thing was a dream - a dream in stone. Maybe I don't regret not being able to buy it. Cause it still roams...

WordChazer wrote on January 30, 2015, 1:11 PM

My favorite sculpture on this site is a bear too. I collect polar bear ornaments and cuddly toys so it's not too hard to see why I would like a bear carving.

cmoneyspinner wrote on November 27, 2015, 11:19 PM

Thanks for providing the website link. Those pieces are beautiful!!

WordChazer wrote on November 28, 2015, 2:07 PM

I see my favorite bear was still there when I last checked. The thing about Explosion Luck is that they have very limited stock of everything, so you KNOW you will have something unique if you buy from there. The latest range is grasshopper statues, which are gorgeous. These are individually handcrafted pieces and there are only around 15-20 on the site.