Eagle- Red Cedar Bentwood Box

Eagle- Red Cedar Bentwood Box

Richard Sumner (Kwakwaka'wakw)
Regular price CAD $6,825.00

“Eagle is one of the most important beings in the art and [oral history]. It is respected for its intelligence and power, as well as its extraordinary vision, in both the literal and figurative senses. Eagle feathers and down are sacred: traditionally, shamans believed in their healing powers and used them in a variety of ceremonial and ritual contexts, such as honoring a respected guest...Prior to contact with Europeans and the introduction of metal tools, Northwest Coast artisans developed an ingenious woodworking technique, which involves grooving, steaming and bending a single plank to form the sides of a box…"(Shearar 2000: 23, 43-44). - Understanding Northwest Coast Art: A Guide to Crests, Beings and Symbols

Steam-Bent Hand-Carved Red Cedar, Operculum Shell & Acrylic

20"h x 13"w x 13"d