Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Scrimshaw Tusk (c.1976)

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  • Medium: ivory, serpentine
  • Size: 7 × 2.75 × 2.75 inches
  • Reference Code: M120403

Davidee Itulu

Inuit

Kimmirut, Nunavut Territory, Canada

(1929-2006)

“Itulu was born in 1929 in Tutjaak, near Cape Dorset. In May 1953, his family travelled by dog team to Kimmirut to allow him to build a large fishing boat. He began working on walrus tusks during this period, one of the first carvers in the community to do so. His first carving was a small Inuk boy carrying an ivory seal. Itulu likes to work on walrus tusk which he lets dry for long periods before carving, otherwise “they are too alive to be used.”