Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Silas Qajaqjuaq
    born 1956, active 1980s–present
    born: Sanirajak (Hall Beach), Nunavut, Canada
  • Transformation, before 2002
  • Where object was made: Nunavut, Canada
  • serpentine, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 6 x 9 x 5.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 2 3/8 x 3 1/2 x 2 1/8 in
  • Gift of H. G. Jones in memory of Lieutenant Harry William Reece, commanding officer of USS SC-525 in North Africa and the Mediterranean 1942–43
  • Not on display
  • 2011.0044

Sculpture carved from a dark green stone with light green veining and polished to a high shine. The scuplture depicts a human figure turning into a walrus. At the facing right end of the sculpture is a human head with no hair, small slits for eyes, and an open mouth. The body is large and rounded. There is one small flipper at the bottom facing right side and there is another flipper at the top center that has five small circles carved into the edge. To the left of that small flipper are two long flippers on the top facing left side of the sculpture. Each flipper has five oval indentations near the edge. Between the flippers and toward the back of the scuplture is a very small pointed projection depicting the walrus's tail.