Tlingit Frog design, lidded Box by M. Foote
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Tlingit Frog design lidded Box, signed by artist M. Foote
This piece came to us through a private collection so I don’t know anything about the artist and can’t confirm his or her first name. It's signed underneath the box "M. Foote". The Foote family is pretty well known, members of the Tlingit First Nations, originating from the North American Ketchikan area in Alaska, so I assume the artist comes from that family.
The box is carved in great details. Have a look at the marvelous carving lines, very clean. You can clearly see the knife cuts throughout the piece, especially on the rim and the lid. Even though it looks like one, this box is not a bentwood box. It’s just masterfully hand crafted, hand carved and hand painted. Very vibrant colors, traditional black and red, powerful.
Since it’s not a new piece, it’s dated 2002, it does show some very minor signs of gentle use and handling. Some tiny dents on the top but nothing that takes anything away from the beauty of this piece, have a close look.
Measurements: 15” x 11” x 11” (38 x 28 x 28 cm)
Meaning: The Frog is a very important Symbol in the Northwest Coast Art and Culture. Since he is living in two worlds, water and land, the Frog is revered for his adaptability, knowledge and power to traverse worlds and inhabit both, the natural and the supernatural. Frogs are used by Shamans as spirit helpers who provides the voice of the people. Frog's songs are believed to contain divine power and magic. When a frog is touching his tongue with another creature (which is often shown in Native Art) it represents the exchange of knowledge and power.
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