Inuk Mookaite Double Faced Necklace by Buddy Lee Mossman
It wasn’t just Southwestern Native Culture that Buddy Honored. Many of his pieces are inspired by Inuit tribes. Isn’t that amazing?!!! A Man who lived in the heat of the Southwestern Desert praising the insight of the artic and subarctic people???!!! While Buddy made many but I will focus on just one. This piece always elicits a surprised exclamation of joy. At first glance it is an amazing Inuk figure maybe human, maybe angel with a vibrant Mookaite body and arms or wings of simple bent sterling silver. Its elegant face features simple lines and holes. His eyes even seem to be two fish a typical staple of Inuit people) imprinted with plant symbols of fertility and hope. But on the side of the face there is a small clasp that when opened reveals more. Underneath the first face is another human face wrapped in otherworldly silver fur. This second face, carved from fossilized walrus bone is more intricate, more beautiful and more human. This necklace is 18 inches long.