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Bone Sculptures

The use of whalebone and caribou antler developed due to the lack of stone in certain communities in the Northwest Territories. Ever resourceful, the Inuit created detailed carvings with much imagery devoted to spirits, transformations in the abundant antler and bone found in the north. Musk ox horn is also used to great affect and large caribou racks have been used creating complex compositions many now in public museums.
When viewing the bone and stone collections please note that size relationship between sculptures are not proportionate.