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Birds, Animals, and Spirits
The Rockwell Museum
Corning, New York

A soapstone sculpture by Inuit artist, Abraham Anghik Ruben, was recently acquired by The Rockwell Museum. The recent acquisition, entitled Birds, Animals, and Spirits, is a one-of-a-kind sculpture created specifically for The Rockwell Museum collection by Ruben.

Ruben’s soapstone carving is now on display in the third floor permanent collection galleries, encased in a 360 degree glass unit for visitors to explore the intricacies of his integrated three-dimensional design.

The artist is well-known for the fluidity of his carving, for his merging of Inuit and Norse traditions, and for the strong narrative quality inherent in his work. This soapstone carving depicts an Inuit shaman metamorphosing into a falcon through the transformative power of ceremonial dance. Learn more here:

Image Credit: Abraham Anghik Ruben (Canadian, b. 1951), Birds, Animals, and Spirits, 2014, Brazilian soapstone. Clara S. Peck Fund Purchase and in-kind by artist. 2014.9