Chief - Thunderbird - killer whale, 18", by Silas Coon
- Nation: Kwakwaka' wakw art, Kwakiutl art, native artists Vancouver Island
- Artist: Coon, Silas
- Type: Wall panels and wall plaques
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Spectacular piece by Silas Coon, a member of the Kwakiulth First Nations, taught by George Hunt Jr. and Silas Cousin Beau Dick. Silas comes from Kingcome Inlet, British Columbia's Pacific Northwest Coast. I have never seen this amount of details and craftsmanship and attention to detail - just incredible.
Chief transforming into Thunderbird, catching Killer Whale
wall art carving. Silas noted at the back of the piece: "A chief once told me, when he passed on, he wanted to transform into a Thunderbird. His Village crest was the killer whale"
Silas is part of a very elite group of First Nations artists, specialized in Tribal miniatures - he just pays tremendous attention to details. This wall art carving is inlaid with 22 pieces of Abalone - and I mean, inlaid, not glued on top, that is so much work. The carving lines are exceptionally detailed and clean, the copper painting on top of the dark stain is amazing - and still showing the natural grain of the wood. All fully hand made, carved, painted and designed. Made and prepared for wall hanging, signed at the back, hanger attached. This piece really makes every room and is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. At the back inserted the artist a small (1/2") wooden peg to stabilize a natural crack - not visible in the front - masterfully done!
Measurements: 18" x 11" x 1/2"