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Sterling silver, Chased, Repousse, Engraved
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Sterling silver, Chased, Repousse, Engraved
|Dimensions||1.25 x 6 "|
Jesse Brillon was born November 25th, 1972 in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada. This small coastal city is located in the northern region of the province. It is a rich cultural center for the Tsimshian and Haida nations and is therefore a source of inspiration for many artisans, including Jesse.
Jesse grew up in Prince Rupert, where as a young boy, he was immersed in his culture and he would watch his elders create important ceremonial objects. Upon graduating from high school, Jesse received a special gift from his family, which was a gold repoussé bracelet by noted artist, Don Yeomans. He was very grateful for the gift, not only to own it, but it inspired him to pursue an art career of his own. Consequently, Jesse met with Don Yeomans and worked with him for a year where he learned basic designing and engraving techniques in silver and gold as well as in wood.
Having some knowledge of engraving under his belt, Jesse moved to Hazelton, British Columbia where he became acquainted with noted Gitksan artist, Philip Janze. He began an apprenticeship under him, and continued to work under his guidance until Janze’s passing in 2016. Philip Janze, highly regarded for his expertise in the techniques known as chasing and repoussé work, greatly influenced and inspired Jesse to create his own jewelry pieces in this style.
Currently, Jesse continues to create jewelry pieces in silver and gold and plans to challenge himself with the art of woodcarving. He is clearly well on his way to establishing himself as an emerging Haida artist whose work is already sought after by many collectors worldwide.
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Sterling silver, Engraved
The Supernatural Log is more commonly referred to as Snag or Ts’Amos (Alternate spellings: Ttaamuus, Tsamaos). He is the personification of the seafaring Haidas’ obstacles while on the ocean in canoes; driftwood or deadheads. The Snag is an amorphous supernatural creature both in artwork and in legend and first appeared as a crest figure of families along the Skeena River. It is believed to have first appeared on jewelry designs by the famed Charles Edenshaw, whose father took the Snag as a crest.
A Snag can vary in appearance, much like the driftwood it imitates, but it almost always has a snag (deadhead) for a dorsal fin. It can be as simple as a dead log with a tail that can swim against the current. It can be a huge sea lion with dorsal fins and blowholes, or an enormous grizzly bear with a downturned mouth like a dogfish. It can be a hybrid of bear and Killerwhale, or raven and Killerwhale, with multiple bodies. It can be a large frog covered in seaweed with a snag sticking out of its back, and can even be a canoe or a schooner. Most visible at the change of tides, the Snag, if angered can breach and land on canoes, smashing them to bits. He also can make huge waves to capsize boats. The Snag was frequently featured as a protective figure on Bentwood Boxes that contained treasured artifacts, and is frequently depicted with Raven, its counterpart.
The Snag is a very important feature in the Haida legend of How the World Was Formed. Before there was the world as we know it, Raven was flying and flying and flying, and finally came to rest on a single rock, which was the tip of Haida Gwaii and the beginning of the world. This rock, was supported beneath (from the undersea world) by a stone house pole, which was in fact the fin of the Snag. It is therefore common to see the Raven and Snag in conjunction in Haida art. The Snag figure can be seen as an acceptance of responsibility for supporting the world, similar to the Atlas figure in Greek mythology.
It is believed the legends around the Snag was a warning for those who travelled by canoe to be more wary of their surroundings, especially at the change of the tides, and keep them alert on the water. When the tides change, deadheads and hidden logs or obstacles can suddenly appear and be a danger. As the Haida relied on trade with Mainland Nations to survive, it was pertinent for them to be adept at sea, paddling the vast distances to and from the islands to the coast.
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The Hawk takes its place in the supernatural spiritual world, inspiring unique designs for masks, rattles and jewelry. For the Haida Nation, it was used to represent the Thunderbird. Often associated with the Sun, the Hawk can be distinguished by its curled beak which curves to meet the tip of the lower jaw.
When the Raven brought light to the world, some versions of the legend say that it was the Hawk who made the Raven drop the box so it opened, releasing the Sun, Moon and Stars into the Universe.
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