Origin: Arctic, Hudson Bay, Central Inuit People (Provenance: Private Carmel California collection. Scroll down to see collectors notes and black & white photo from 1958 album)
Period/Date: 17th-18th century (possibly older)
Materials: Stone, centuries of cooking residue
Description: Very few collectors or museums for that matter have one of these! This ancient (Qulliq or kudlik) with sensational encrusted surface looks like a mask or styled face when displayed. This was possibly the most important and widely used tool of the Inuit. It was used daily for many purposes including lighting the Igloo, drying clothes, melting snow and most importantly daily "cooking". Strips of Seal or Whale blubber were placed along the raised ridges (over the pierced lug holes) using moss wicks for open fire cooking. This example has been used for generations and centuries having acquired a complex encrusted patina turning from reddish-brown to black. Its tapered form, raised ridges, pierced lugs and heavily textured surface animate the object into an abstract face! In good condition with pitting and minor old losses. Great three dimensional qualities. ** Please see the other two artifacts from this same collection!
Dimensions: Length 11 5/8" (29.5 cm), Width 9.25" (23.5 cm), Height 2 5/8" (6.5 cm) Weight 8 pounds
collectors black & white photo from 1958 album (Private Carmel CA Collection)
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