Thunderbird Mask by Richard Baker, Squamish/Kwakiulth
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Gorgeous, masterfully carved
by Squamish/Kwakiulth First Nations artist Richard Baker.
This piece is truly fabulous, traditional, vibrant, highest quality craftsmanship, true indigenous art at it's best. The painting is close to perfect, the colors chosen are tradition and so very rich. The head is decorated with the traditional cedar bark which shows some minor breaks/loss due to aging, nothing unexpected. It was carved and signed in 2001, together with Phil and Debra Joe, also well known First Nations artists from the Coast Salish/Squamish First Nation. Cedar, acrylic paint, cedar rope - everything you are looking for in a piece of authentic native art.
Measurements: 17" x 14" x 8" (43 x 36 x 20 cm)
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. - Please take the time to read the legend, just click on the "about" tab above, then "Symbology, Myths and legends" - it's interesting!