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Nauja, Peter Angiju
Mother and Child Mother and Child
c. 1975 c. 1975

Peter Nauja Angiju was an Inuit artist based out of Puvirnituq, Nunavik, Quebec. Sculpture from this region typically strives for naturalism and realistic representations, and this work is no exception. It is carved from the local stone, grey steatite, or soapstone, which is easy to carve but also easy to damage. Mother and Child is a stone sculpture of a kneeling woman wearing a traditional amauti (woman’s parka) and holding a baby to her chest. The Inuit amauti is designed so a child can be brought forward from its mother’s back to be nursed without leaving the warmth of the mother’s parka. This subject speaks to the importance of the Inuit family unit and the parental bond. The artist has polished some surfaces to a dark gleam, while scraping the top layer away and revealing a lighter, rougher surface in order to add detail.

Nauja, Peter Angiju
Puvirnituq, QC, 1932 - Puvirnituq, QC, 2002 Puvirnituq, QC, 1932 - Puvirnituq, QC, 2002
Mother and Child Mother and Child
c. 1975 c. 1975
Grey stone Grey stone
51.5 x 27.9 cm
Gift of Guardian Capital Group Limited, 2020 Gift of Guardian Capital Group Limited, 2020
63-015.38

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