Bear Dancer, 3D sculpture by John Henry Hunt
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Another colorful, masterfully carved sculpture by First Nations artist John Henry Hunt
As always, the details in John Henry's pieces of art are just amazing. He spent so much time on each piece, His style is unique and his artwork is easy recognizable. He is playful with the colors he chooses and always adds the little "extra" in every piece. This is a fabulous example of contemporary Indigenous art, a great conversation piece, a beautiful addition to any collection and just looks great on every fireplace mantle or entrance or where ever you see fit.... Have a close look at the images please - The bear is signed at the back which is flat and unpainted.
Measurements: 10" tall, base is 4" x 4" (25.5 x 10 x 10 cm)
Legend: In West Coast culture, there are several legends telling of a Chief's daughter being abducted by a bear. The high ranking woman had been out in the woods picking berries and stepped on some Bear dung and began to curse out loud, insulting their cleanliness. Two Bears nearby heard her and decided they would not tolerate such insolence. They felt the disrespectful woman had to be punished. To do this, one Bear transformed himself into a very handsome man who approached this woman, and seductively lured her to accompany him to his mountain home. When she did, she fell in love with him and became partially Bear-like herself.
She later married him and had twin cubs. Their children were born as little creatures that resembled bears who could metamorphose themselves into human form like their father. The woman's brothers eventually found her and, in an unequal contest, killed her husband. They returned to the village but the two bear sons did not feel comfortable and eventually left to return to the forest. All Bear Clan members are descended from this woman and her two sons.
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