Old Thunderbird Totem Sculpture
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This piece is interesting. It's definitely old, I would estimate 1970's but it could very well be quite a bit older.
It actually is signed, but I just can't decipher the signature (initials). Have a look, maybe you know - and if you do, please contact me... It's beautifully hand carved out of yellow cedar - it does show signs of gentle use and handling. Please have a close look, you will find a few tiny chips or scratches but nothing takes away from the expression and the artwork. It's gorgeous.
Measurements: 12" x 4" x 3 1/4"
Meaning: The Thunderbird symbolizes supernatural power and is believed to be the dominating force behind all of natures doings. It's a mythical creature and only the most prestigious and powerful Chiefs are allowed to have the Thunderbird as a crest especially among the Kwagiulth, Nuu-Chah-Nulth and Coast Salish people.