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Museum catalogue: Inuit Art Collection



Accession no.: Y: 88/1/4
Title: Carving
Description: Carving, candleholder, Walrus, soapstone. Artist: unknown. Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, 1929-1934.
Artist: Artist unknown
Classified name:
Current place name Canada > Nunavut > Qikiqtaaluk > Mittimatalik
Geographic area- former Canada > Northwest Territories > Baffin Island > Pond Inlet
Current cultural affiliation Iglulingmiut
Former cultural affiliation Iglulik Eskimo
Getty AAT Carvings
Field collection:
Person duncan
Place Canada > Nunavut > Qikiqtaaluk (Baffin Island) > Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet)
Date 1929
Number of items: 1
Full description:

Candleholder. Made of grey soapstone in the shape of a walrus. Circular extension (25 mm high) at centre back for candle. White glass beads are inserted for the eyes. Circular depressions form the nostrils; cross-hatched incisions on the muzzle. Two wooden toothpick tusks in white circular pin tops (recent addition) are inserted into holes on each side of mouth (originals missing). End of burnt white candle is inserted into holder.

Related record(s):
  • SPRI Picture Library lantern slides
  • SPRI Archives 069.41 Duncan, H.
  • SPRI Archives MS 1576 Harold Duncan Papers; MS 1576/1/1 personal diary, B.C.M.S. Mission, Pond Inlet. January 1930-31 December 1930; MS 1576/1/2 personal log, B.C.M.S. Mission, Pond Inlet. 16 August 1931 - 30 September 1932; MS 1576/1/3 personal diary and journal, B.C.M.S. Mission, Pond Inlet.1 October 1932 - 31 December 1932; MS 1576/1/4 personal diary and journal, B.C.M.S. Mission, Pond Inlet.1 January 1934 - 14 November 1934; MS 1576/2/1 diary letter to his parents, 1 October 1931; MS 1576/2/2 diary letter to his parents, 9 September 1932; MS 1576/2/3 diary letter to his parents, 12 August 1933; MS 1576/2/4 diary letter to his parents, 17 September 1933; MS 1576/3 diary letter, Pond's Inlet, 4 October 1934 - 12 September 1935.
  • Photocopied papers relating to Harold Duncan Oral History Project filed at 92 [Duncan, H.N.]
  • Photocopied photographs taken by Jack Turner, Harold Duncan and others filed at 92 [Duncan, H.N.]
  • SPRI Archives - 12 tape recordings (12 hours) of Harold Duncan by Wendy Arundale, April - May, 1989. Last tape includes comments on some of the objects.
  • Width: 67mm, height: 102mm, length: 180mm