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Inukshuk of Black Serpentine


This little Inukshuk by Joe Obed, Inuit is of black serpentine stone - a hard stone to carve. An Inukshuk is a structure of rough stones stacked in the form of a human figure, traditionally used by Inuit people as a landmark or a commemorative sign. The full size Inukshuk are built throughout the arctic in the most northern areas of North American (including Canada). They can be seen for miles on the treeless terrain and serve as guideposts as well as sometimes memorials.

This Inukshuk is 3.5" high, 2.5" across at greatest width and 1" at greatest depth. The black serpentine stone here has lines and "dots" of gray inclusions. There are occasional blue flashes in certain lights, almost like labradorite stone does... You can see a bit of this in the close up photo

Inukshuk, front or back --small black serpentine
 Inukshuk, back or front-- small black serpentine
 Inukshuk, side view --small black serpentine
 Inukshuk, Close-up -- small black serpentine
Weight: 1 lb