Salmon Drum by Bob Virgil, painted by John Livingston
- Nation: Kwakwaka' wakw art, Kwakiutl art, native artists Vancouver Island
- Artist: Livingston, John (1951 - 2019)
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Salmon Drum, hand crafted by Bob Virgil, hand painted by John Livingston - signed by both
Please have a look at this link.... it shows Bob making the drum, really worth watching...
http://www.wapikoni.ca/movies/made-in-pauquachin (if the link doesn't work, please just copy and paste)
The drum itself is masterfully crafted and the sound is incredible. Once Bob finished the making of the drum, John Livingston painted it in great detail - easy recognizable as John's painting, so clean, close to perfection, John always paid so much attention to details. Traditional colors used, natural materials, just all around a beautiful, authentic and useful piece of Indigenous Art from the Pacific Northwest. This is a vintage piece, not new - it shows some signs of using and aging, please have a close look at the images - I'm providing close-ups.
Measurements: 13" in diameter, 2 1/2" deep
Signed by both, Bob and John on the inner rim of the drum
Meaning: The Salmon symbolizes prosperity, renewal and fertility. They are one of the most important and highest respected animals of all since they have been the primary food source from the beginning of time to the Northwest Coast First Nations.