Stylistically this sculpture is an “intermediate” work from the period. Relatively naturalistic in its overall look and sense of movement, it exhibits the large feet that would soon become even more exaggerated in size. We know that the man carries a block of ice and not snow, because he holds an axe rather than a snow knife in his left hand. Traditionally, ice needed to be chipped out of frozen lakes or rivers on a regular basis in order to provide fresh drinking water in winter.
Reference: for a depiction of a man holding a show block by the artist see Maria Von Finckenstein, “Salomonie Tigullaraq: One of those Unnoticed Artists,” ("Inuit Art Quarterly," Winter 2001), p. 42.