Haida Bear, inlaid, hand carved by Donavon Gates

Haida Bear, inlaid, hand carved by Donavon Gates

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Incredibly detailed and very unique piece of art from the Haida Nation

BEAR inlaid, hand carved, designed and signed by Haida First Nation artist Donavon Gates.

Donavon also is a master in Argilite carving and you can clearly see it even in this piece. It's so detailed with a lot of attention on expression. The rim is stained in a soft brown which gives the bear a nice frame in this 1 1/2" thick piece of cedar. The bear is inlaid with 4 tiny little pieces of Abalone (Mother of Pearl). 

Measurements: 15" x 7" x 1 1/2" (38 cm x 18 cm x 4 cm)

Meaning: The Bear is a symbol for power, courage, physical strength and leadership. Warrior's e.g. are known to wear bear claw necklaces which meant protection. In Haida culture the Bear is referred to as "Elder Kinsman" and was treated like a high ranking guest.

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About This Artist

Born on March 10th of 1954, Donavon Gates is a registered member of the Old Massett band from Haida Gwai (Queen Charlotte) Islands on the North-West Coast of British Columbia. Through his mother’s side of the family he shares the raven...Artist bio and other available works »

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