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Donor Name:
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden  Search this
Length - Object:
44 cm
Width - Object:
36 cm
Depth - Object:
17 cm
Culture:
Eskimo, Inuit  Search this
Object Type:
Sculpture
Place:
Canada, North America
Accession Date:
28 Aug 1992
Notes:
PROVENIENCE UNKNOWN. STANDING FIGURE OF A BEAR. LEFT ARM HELD STRAIGHT OUT FROM BODY. RIGHT ARM HELD OUT IN FRONT. HEAD TURNED AND FACING RIGHT. RIGHT LEG TURNED AND FACING RIGHT. INCISED FEATURES. SMALL EARS AND TAIL. CRACK ACROSS LOWER TORSO. ATTACHED TO A WOODEN BASE. YELLOW AND GREEN STONE.
SEE SI ARCHIVES
Wooden base of sculpture has a piece of tape marked "Private Collection J.H.H.". This is presumably Joseph Herman Hirshhorn (1899 - 1981), founding donor of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
Dancing bear sculpture.
Some history on the "dancing bear" type sculpture follows. Inuit artist Pauta Saila (1916/1917 - 2009) was born in Kilaparutua camp on Baffin Island; he made Kinngait (Cape Dorset), Nunavut, Canada his artistic community after moving there in the early 1960s. In the 1970s he began making his sculptures of upright "dancing" polar bears and is generally credited with originating this type. See https://katilvik.com/browse/artists/956-pauta-saila-rca/ , and https://www.inuitartfoundation.org/profiles/artist/Pauta-Saila , retrieved 29 Dec 2022.
Record Last Modified:
6 May 2024
Specimen Count:
1
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
370312
USNM Number:
E427870-0
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Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/35bb95d10-02bd-4cc1-94bd-586a71bc1c81
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8460582