Bear Dancer by Rupert Jeffrey

Bear Dancer by Rupert Jeffrey

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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.

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About This Artist

Rupert Jeffrey is a member of the Gitskan First Nation, originating from the Skeena River area, a culture considered to be part of the civilization of the Pacific Northwest Coast although it lies in the interior rather than on the coast....Artist bio and other available works »

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