Sculpture

Ivory sculpture of a small white whale (beluga: qilalugaq) on a caribou antler base.

  • Accession Number 2022.18.125
  • Artiste / Auteur ᐃᑐᐊ ᓯᓄᐸ (Etua Snowball) E
  • Period 20th century
  • Materials antlers, caribou, ivory, walrus
  • Measurements 4,5 x 11 x 8 cm
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Historical context

The beluga whale (Delphinapterus leucas) is distinguished from other whales by its small size and the remarkable flexibility of its body. This white whale carved from walrus ivory soberly illustrates the sinuous swimming movement of the qilalugaq, or beluga in Inuktitut. A rough polishing of the ivory gives it a satin finish that harmonizes with the texture of the sculpture’s base, made from a brownish piece of caribou antler left i...

  • Accession Number 2022.18.125
  • Artiste / Auteur ᐃᑐᐊ ᓯᓄᐸ (Etua Snowball) E
  • Period 20th century
  • Materials antlers, caribou, ivory, walrus
  • Measurements 4,5 x 11 x 8 cm
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© Pointe-à-Callière Collection, 2022.018.125
Photo by Victor Diaz Lamich

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