Frontlets

  • Eagle Frontlet

    Charles Peter Heit

    CA$8,200.00

    Birch wood, Abalone, Ivory

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    A frontlet is a forehead mask attached to a woven headpiece.  It is worn by chiefs and high-ranking individuals as a display of crests and status.  Frontlets are often decorated with materials that are symbols of wealth and power: abalone shell, operculum shell, sea lion whiskers, feathers and/or ermine pelts.

    The intelligent Eagle symbolizes status, power, peace and friendship.

  • Hawk Moon Frontlet

    Alan Weir

    CA$4,350.00

    Yellow Cedar wood, Abalone shell, Acrylic paint

    A frontlet is a forehead mask attached to a woven headpiece.  It is worn by chiefs and high-ranking individuals as a display of crests and status.  Frontlets are often decorated with materials that are symbols of wealth and power: abalone shell, operculum shell, sea lion whiskers, feathers and/or ermine pelts.

    The Hawk takes its place in the spiritual world of the supernatural and inspires creative designs for masks, rattles and jewelry. A Hawk man or woman are transformation beings depicted with largely human features and can be distinguished by a curled beak which often curves to meet the tip of the lower jaw.

    7.5 x 6.75 x 4.75 (including base)

  • Hawk Moon Frontlet

    Alan Weir

    CA$4,350.00

    Yew wood, Abalone shell, Acrylic paint

    6.5 x 6.5 x 3″ (Frontlet)

    A frontlet is a forehead mask attached to a woven headpiece.  It is worn by chiefs and high-ranking individuals as a display of crests and status.  Frontlets are often decorated with materials that are symbols of wealth and power: abalone shell, operculum shell, sea lion whiskers, feathers and/or ermine pelts.

    The Hawk takes its place in the spiritual world of the supernatural and inspires creative designs for masks, rattles and jewelry. A Hawk man or woman are transformation beings depicted with largely human features and can be distinguished by a curled beak which often curves to meet the tip of the lower jaw.

  • People of the Eagle Frontlet

    Barry Scow

    CA$2,450.00

    Yellow Cedar wood, Acrylic paint

    Includes stand

    “People of the Eagle” Frontlet, masterfully carved and painted by Kwakwaka’wakw artist Barry Scow, represents the Chief and his people of the Eagle clan. True to form of Barry’s fine carving, this frontlet portrays the Eagle with Sun, and commemorates Barry’s link to his Grandfather, who was a Chief, and to his heritage.

    A Frontlet is a forehead mask attached to a woven headpiece, worn only by Chiefs and high-ranking individuals in order to display status. This particular frontlet carries the Eagle and Sun motif. The Eagle position belonged to the highest-ranking Chief in the village.

    The Eagle lives in the sky, or Upper World, and represents status, power, peace and friendship. Eagle is the Chief of the birds, an honor he shares with the Woodpecker. The Sun is a popular Kwakwaka’wakw motif, used quite regularly in their art. The sun can represent life and creative forces as well as warmth and healing.

    To further establish his high position, the Chief practiced a traditional act of discarding his wealth in front of other Chiefs. Much of this wealth was in the form of copper. To break the copper or throw it into the ocean, symbolized that he and his clan were modest of their wealth and that the value of friendship weighed more than the value of material wealth.

    To assist the Chief with this historical display of modesty, a subordinate was appointed. The assistant is portrayed below the beak of the Eagle, carved in intricate detail, as one can see in the teeth and tongue of the human face. Another beautiful component of this piece are the Chief’s people, delicately cradled in the beak of the Eagle.

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