Adopt an Object: Drum Dancers

11 Feb
Luke (Lukie) Airut Drum Dancers 3edited

This jawbone piece “Drum Dancers” by Luke (Lukie) Airut 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 – Luke (Lukie) Airut’s “Drum Dancers”

Artist: Luke (Lukie) Airut (b. 1942)
Location: Igulik
Date: 2007
Medium: Jawbone, ivory, baleen
Dimensions (H x W x D): 7” x 5” x 3”
Collection: MIA Collection

Significance: Luke Airut is well known for his intricate carving and use of organic materials. Drum Dancers incorporates all these hallmarks—the amount of detail in the people and animals within the piece is truly amazing for working in such a small scale. This is also one of the museum’s most prized possessions as this sculpture is our only example of a sculpture created using a walrus jawbone, a material that needs exceptional skill to carve!

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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