Inuit Art Photos

The Inuit (pejorative term Eskimo) range across the Arctic from Northern Alaska, Canada & Greenland. Originally nomadic peoples, their art started with decorations to clothing and small carvings (now larger for a commercial market). Some Dene work is included.

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Inupiaq woven basket with lid & animal ivory figures from Pt. Barrow, AK at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Inupiaq woven basket with lid & ivory seal handle by Abe Simmons at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Inuit bentwood toolbox with ivory fish handle from Alaska at Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Cleveland, OH.Yup'ik Inuit trinket box in shape of seal from Alaska at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.
Inupiaq woven basket with lid & animal ivory figures (c1900) from Pt. Barrow, AK at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Inupiaq woven basket with lid & ivory seal handle (1950) by Abe Simmons at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Inuit bentwood toolbox with ivory fish handle (19th C) from Alaska at Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Cleveland, OH.Yup'ik Inuit trinket box in shape of seal (c1850) from Alaska at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.
Inuit wood box for harpoon points in shape of whale from Alaska at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Cup'ik Inuit walrus effigy box from Nunivak Island, Alaska at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Inuit bentwood box with handle from Alaska at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Inupiaq Inuit bentwood container from Alaska at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.
Inuit wood box for harpoon points in shape of whale (1860-80) from Alaska at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Cup'ik Inuit walrus effigy box (19th-20th C) from Nunivak Island, Alaska at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Inuit bentwood box with handle (c1880) from Alaska at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Inupiaq Inuit bentwood container (1880-90) from Alaska at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.
Inuit lidded container with carved seals from Alaska at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Inupiaq Inuit baleen & ivory basket from Alaska at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Inuit bentwood hunting hat with ivory birds & walrus from Alaska at Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Cleveland, OH.Collection of Inuit walrus-ivory carvings at Yale Peabody Museum. New Haven, CT.
Inuit lidded container with carved seals (c1880) from Alaska at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Inupiaq Inuit baleen & ivory basket (1940-50) from Alaska at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Inuit bentwood hunting hat with ivory birds & walrus (c1897) from Alaska at Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Cleveland, OH.Collection of Inuit walrus-ivory carvings at Yale Peabody Museum. New Haven, CT.
Inuit walrus-ivory carvings at Yale Peabody Museum. New Haven, CT.Inuit walrus-ivory carvings of polar bears at Yale Peabody Museum. New Haven, CT.Inuit hunting polar bear ivory carving by Aloysius Pikonganna or Nome, AK at National Museum of the American Indian. Washington, DC.Inuit ivory carvings at Vancouver Maritime Museum. Vancouver, BC.
Inuit walrus-ivory carvings at Yale Peabody Museum. New Haven, CT.Inuit walrus-ivory carvings of polar bears at Yale Peabody Museum. New Haven, CT.Inuit hunting polar bear ivory carving (1958) by Aloysius Pikonganna or Nome, AK at National Museum of the American Indian. Washington, DC.Inuit ivory carvings (1940s) at Vancouver Maritime Museum. Vancouver, BC.
Inuit carved ivory pipes at Peabody Museum. Cambridge, MA.Inuit harpoon collection at Vancouver Maritime Museum. Vancouver, BC.Inupiat mask at Eiteljorg Museum. Indianapolis, IN.Inuit mask of bear spirit by Yup'ik culture of Norton Sound of Yukon River area of Alaska at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX.
Inuit (Eskimo) carved ivory pipes (c1900) at Peabody Museum. Cambridge, MA.Inuit harpoon collection at Vancouver Maritime Museum. Vancouver, BC.Inupiat (Point Hope or Barrow) mask (c18th C) at Eiteljorg Museum. Indianapolis, IN.Inuit mask of bear spirit (late 19th C) by Yup'ik culture of Norton Sound of Yukon River area of Alaska at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX.
Inuit mask seal or sea otter spirit by Yup'ik culture of Yukon River area of Alaska at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX.Yup'ik Inuit wolf sprit mask from Kuskokwim River, AK at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Houston, TX.Inuit whalebone carving of man by Tommy Ashevak at Vancouver Maritime Museum. Vancouver, BC.Inuit-style bone or wood slit Arctic snow goggles at Vancouver Maritime Museum. Vancouver, BC.
Inuit mask seal or sea otter spirit (19th C) by Yup'ik culture of Yukon River area of Alaska at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX.Yup'ik Inuit wolf sprit mask (1850-75) from Kuskokwim River, AK at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Houston, TX.Inuit whalebone carving of man by Tommy Ashevak at Vancouver Maritime Museum. Vancouver, BC.Inuit-style bone or wood slit Arctic snow goggles at Vancouver Maritime Museum. Vancouver, BC.
Inuit soapstone oil lamp at Vancouver Maritime Museum. Vancouver, BC.Inuit beaded baskets at Nelson Museum of the West. Cheyenne, WY.Dene caribou skin jacket at Royal Saskatchewan Museum. Regina, SK.Dene dew claw bag at Royal Saskatchewan Museum. Regina, SK.
Inuit soapstone oil lamp (Kudluk) at Vancouver Maritime Museum. Vancouver, BC.Inuit beaded baskets (c1905) at Nelson Museum of the West. Cheyenne, WY.Dene caribou skin jacket (prior to 1972) at Royal Saskatchewan Museum. Regina, SK.Dene dew claw bag (prior to 1914) at Royal Saskatchewan Museum. Regina, SK.
Cup'ik Inuit walrus tusk carved seal for box decoration from Alaska at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Kalaallit wooden box with human & animal figures from Angmagssalik , Greenland at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Inuit snow goggles from Alaska at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Inuit ivory harpoon rest with carved bears, thunderbirds & whales from Alaska at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.
Cup'ik Inuit walrus tusk carved seal for box decoration (c1880) from Alaska at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Kalaallit wooden box with human & animal figures (c1890) from Angmagssalik (Tasiilaq), Greenland at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Inuit snow goggles (19th C & earlier) from Alaska at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Inuit ivory harpoon rest with carved bears, thunderbirds & whales (19th-20th C) from Alaska at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.
Cup'ik Inuit cribbage boards from Nunivak Island, Alaska at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Cup'ik Inuit carved tusk with 27 animals from Nunivak Island, Alaska at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Inuit soapstone Inukshuk by Judas Ullulaq of Gjoa Haven, Nunavut at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Inuit soapstone shaman bear in transformation to human by David Ruben Piqtoukun of Canada at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.
Cup'ik Inuit cribbage boards (c1890-1910) from Nunivak Island, Alaska at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Cup'ik Inuit carved tusk with 27 animals (c1920) from Nunivak Island, Alaska at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Inuit soapstone Inukshuk (1981-2) by Judas Ullulaq of Gjoa Haven, Nunavut at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Inuit soapstone shaman bear in transformation to human (1991) by David Ruben Piqtoukun of Canada at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.
Inuit soapstone shaman in transformation to bear by David Ruben Piqtoukun of Canada at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Inuit stone carving of Passage of Spirits by Abraham Anghik Ruben of Canada at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.

Inuit soapstone shaman in transformation to bear (1991) by David Ruben Piqtoukun of Canada at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Inuit stone carving of Passage of Spirits (20th-21st C) by Abraham Anghik Ruben of Canada at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.


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