MANNUMI SHAQU, CAPE DORSET/KINNGAIT, E7-824, Cape Dorset
SEATED WOMAN TENDING A QULLIQ
signed in Roman and inscribed with disc number, c. 1951
4 ins x 4.25 ins x 4.5 ins; 10.2 cms x 10.8 cms x 11.4 cms
This little carving is nearly identical to the Mother and Child Tending a Qulliq (stone lamp) that was presented to Queen Elizabeth on her royal visit to Canada in 1951. It had been exhibited at the National Gallery of Canada, loaned for an exhibition in London and reproduced in publications as well as on a Canadian stamp. This work was likely produced at a similar time.
Mannumi was an early star of the settlement of Cape Dorset, along with Osuitok Ipeelee. The two were good friends and carved together often.
James Houston & Bert Beaver, Canadian Eskimo Art, Department of Northern Affairs and National Resources, 1954, page 2.