Adopt an Object: Mother and Child

8 Feb
Pilipusi Novalinga edited

This “Mother and Child” which has been attributed to Pilipusi Novalinga is part of the MIA’s new Adopt an Object fundraising initiative.

As part of  the MIA’s new fundraising initiative ‘Adopt an Object’, we’ll be highlighting a featured item from our Permanent Collection that staff have chosen to represent some of  the unique pieces we display in the museum. For more information on the program itself and what it means to be a donor, you can check out our past blog post.

Today, we’re highlighting a staff favourite – “Mother and Child”

Artist: Attributed to Pilipusi Novalinga (1906 – 1987)
Location: Inukjuak
Date: c. 1950s
Medium: Stone, ivory
Dimensions (H x W x D): 8” x 5” x 5”
Collection: Sprott/MIA Collection

Significance: This piece was created in Inukjuak, Nunavut, which is widely considered the “birth place” of modern Inuit art as we know and understand it today. Mother and Child demonstrates the closeness of families in the Arctic, one of the major themes of Inuit art. Two of the major characteristics of art produced in Nunavik shine through this piece: the tenderness which builds between a child and their mother while she carries them for the first three years of life in her amautik; and the intricate details in the face and hair of the people provides a realistic depiction of the subject both emotionally and physically.

Adoption Rate: $300

To adopt this piece, contact our curator Alysa at aprocida [at] miamuseum [dot] ca.


Posted by Brittany Holliss, MIA’s Visitor Services Officer

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