This is a carving of a whales and young. by Manasie Atsanilk. This is very well done and highly polished. This depicting of the whale partly sumerged and the smaller whale gives this piece a glimpse of what Narwhale would look like in the natural habitat.
Narwhale are Manasie Atsanilk’s trade mark or favourite subject. From Qikiqtarjuaq, Manasie has made some very collectable pieces for corporations and collectors. His ability to carve in any medium or subject makes him a very versatile artist and is considered to be one of the artists that will be in high demand for a long time. Still a younger artist in his thirties Manasie will be an artist whose art will increase substantially in value.
In Inuit legend, the narwhal’s tusk was created when a woman with a harpoon rope tied around her waist was dragged into the ocean after the harpoon had struck a large narwhal. She was transformed into a narwhal herself, and her hair, which she was wearing in a twisted knot, became the characteristic spiral narwhal tusk