Gorgeous lidded Beaver Box by late Sampson Robertson
Note: Prices are CAD (or $1,330 USD)
Beautiful original BEAVER lidded Box
fully handmade by the late Sam Robertson, a member of the Kwagiulth First Nation.
Sam, who sadly passed away in 2014, was a mentor and teacher to Sarah Robertson, you can clearly see the love they had for each other and for the art, spending many hours and days together designing and carving these boxes. Sarah is keeping the work and tradition of her uncle alive. As is his brother, Alfred Robertson.
In the old days, the Bentwood Box was a uniquely fabricated box in which a single plank of wood is grooved where corners are desired. The wood is made pliable with heat and moisture (steam) and bent to form a four-sided shape. The boxes and chests were used as storage containers, the watertight ones for holding hot rocks and water for cooking, and the highly decorated ones as symbols of wealth.
This is one of Sam's older pieces, very detailed carved, vibrant colors, inlaid - the corners are cut and rounded, not bent! but they look just like the traditional Bentwood boxes, a true authentic piece which has been used and handled, showing minor signs of aging. Please have a close look at the detailed images.
Measurements: 16 1/2" x 11" x 10 1/2" (measured on lid) (42 x 29 x 27 cm)