Inuit Whale Sculpture 2 by Kulula Itulu
Kulula Itulu / Whale Sculpture
Size 11.5” L x 5.5” H x 9.5” D
Hand carved with Soapstone
Whales play an important role in Inuit folklore. They are believed to offer themselves up as food to help the people survive, and therefore hold a special position of honour and respect. This majestic soapstone whale, hand carved by Inuit artist Kukula Itulu, swivels on its base to allow for display at all angles.
Itulu resides in the artistically-rich hamlet of Kimmirut, Nunavut. It is located on the southernmost peninsula of Baffin Island, across the Hudson Strait from mainland Quebec.
As a young boy, Kukula Itulu learned to carve by watching his father, Davidee Itulu, who is also a renowned carver. He learned from his father not to rush to finish his carvings, but to go slowly, in order to make his animals or people lifelike.
Each hand-carved sculpture is accompanied by an Igloo Tag, which guarantees its authenticity and certifies that the piece was handmade by Inuit artists in Canada. The igloo symbol is registered by the Government of Canada and can only be attached to original Inuit sculptures and art from northern Canada.