Makituk Pingwartuk – Seal

Makituk_Seal (9)

This seal is made by Makituk Pingwartuk, of Kingnait (Cape Dorset). It is the largest of the three that is in our family, but is still quite small – it sits comfortably in the hand. There is some indication, especially around the neck,  that the shape was wheel thrown and then sculpted from there. However, the ridges in the neck area might represent wrinkles of the seal and not be the throwing marks. The hole for venting hot gasses during firing (and to prevent fractures and explosions) is in the mouth.

The base is signed with “M.P.“. There is possibly some syllabic writing beneath her initials, but these may just be tool marks.

  • Length  (nose to tail) – 6 3/8” (~16 cm)
  • Height (ventral to dorsal) – 2 ¾” (~7 cm)
  • Width (left to right) – 2 ¾” (~7 cm)

This is part of a series that details the collection of my wife’s family, made while they too lived in Nelson and were friends with Makituk.

Makituk_Seal (12)


Makituk_Seal (14)


Makituk_Seal (15)




For larger views open gallery below by clicking anywhere in it and navigate with arrows.



All images in this post and series are copyrighted and may not be used without permission except by Makituk’s family members, though we would love to hear from any family that choose to contact us (contact:


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