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Object description

  • Osuitok Ipeelee (Inuit, 1922-2005)
  • Falcon Seal Spirit, 1986
  • Serpentine
  • Cape Dorset, Nunavut, Canada
  • H: 18 1/2 in, W: 12 in, D: 6 1/2 in (H: 47.0 cm, W: 30.5 cm, D: 16.5 cm)
  • Gift of Shari P. Mayer, 2009
  • E303967


Inscribed, on inner side of leg, incised, [native language]


This sculpture of a falcon seal spirit is carved out of dark green serpentine stone. The surface of the stone is covered with light green cloudy areas and white veins. The sculpture depicts a seal and a falcon, morphed together as one creature with two heads on opposite ends of the body. Both heads are looking in the same direction. The seal head is lower and in the front. The long neck of the falcon extends out of the back and looks over and to the side of the rest of the sculpture. The facial features are etched into the stone. The sculpture stands on three small legs.


Osuitok Ipeelee