MUNGITOK KELLYPALIK (1940-2014) m., KINNGAIT (CAPE DORSET)
Printmaker: UNIDENTIFIED, KINNGAIT (CAPE DORSET)
The Raven / Arctic Raven and Eggs*, 1960
sealskin stencil (matrix), irregular: 11 x 8 in (27.9 x 20.3 cm).
*Title on label of known proof print
Estimate: $3,000 — $5,000
Ex Collection of Mr. Gerald Moses;
Bequest to Ms. Barbara Mercer, Toronto;
Estate of the above.
The print image is illustrated in The Imperial Oil Review, October 1960 (Vol. 44, No. 5), back cover.
We know of only one surviving print derived from this stencil; it sold at auction in 2015 . A numbered edition was never created, and quite possibly only one or two more proofs were ever printed. The eggs of The Raven are inked with the same teal blue on the matrix as the Niviaqsi.
At seventeen, the precocious Mungitok was the youngest person involved in the first graphics experiments in Cape Dorset; he is credited with five early prints, followed by another five in the inaugural 1959 collection.
1. Proof print sold at Heffel Auctions, Fall 2015, Lot c013
References: The print image derived from this sealskin stencil is illustrated in The Imperial Oil Review, October 1960 (Vol. 44, No. 5), back cover. The image is described simply as "the raven" in that publication. For similar images of birds by Mungitok see Christine Lalonde and Leslie Boyd Ryan, Uuturautiit: Cape Dorset 1959-2009 (Ottawa: NGC, 2009), cats. 11-16, and the 1960 Cape Dorset annual catalogue, nos. 38-40.