Bear Dancer by Rupert Jeffrey
Very vibrant BEAR DANCER Mask by Rupert Jeffrey, a member of the Gitskan First Nation
What a beautiful piece of Indigenous Art. This Bear is carved in great detail. The back is covered with (synthetic) fur which only adds to the strong and powerful expression. Have a close look at the teeth and the tongue - superb craftsmanship!
Measurements: 9 1/2" 8" x 8" (24 x 20 x 20 cm) not including the fur
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.