Sea Goddess Feeding Young
‘Sea Goddess Feeding Young’ by Saggiassie Ragee (Sakiassie) – Inuit Art – Cape Dorset 1961 print collection presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.
Condition: Good condition – Professionally restored for removal of framing tape and for discoloration and yellowing of the paper on perimeter where framing mat overlays over paper. Paper lightly trimmed, original size was 12″ x 16″. Paper and print overall shows condition for its age, image is strong and vibrant. Eskimo Arts Council chop shows heavy fading, which seems consistent with other copies of this print.
Description by Artist: No description by artist found.
Notes from DaVic Gallery: Rare and spectacular stonecut print design by Saggiassie Ragee that as of today is now 61 years old and still looks amazing and vibrant. Quiet imaginative vision of Sedna the goddess of the sea as a mother feeding her young. Sedna created all animals of the sea and this is an interesting perspective presented by Saggiassie with Sedna looking as a mermaid feeding with her two breasts what appears twins feeding at the same time. The twins appear of unique form, not like a sea animal, but as some unusual creature with two heads sharing one body and perhaps what could be seal flippers as hands. Sedna appears to be moving forward as the young feed holding her hand next to her mouth as if calling other of her young to come eat, and this perhaps might explain the wide-eyed expressions in the young’s eyes, as if hurrying to drink mom’s milk, which then makes this creature, a mammal.
Great find for the avid collector and proudly display and enjoy at home or office. And if that is not enough, the print # makes it even more interesting, 50 / 50. A must have.
Saggiassie’s (Sakiassie) name in syllabics is stamped right lower area above the print chop.
The blank sheet of letter-size (8.5” x 11”) paper covering part of the image in the last picture is for size reference.