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Yellow Cedar wood, Acrylic paint
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Yellow Cedar wood, Acrylic paint
|Dimensions||61.25 x 5.5 x 1.25"|
Born February 19, 1970, Trevor Angus grew up in his hometown of Kispiox, British Columbia. Trevor carved his first plaque in grade four under the instruction of Victor Mowatt. Dan Yunkws was also a teacher during this time.
Trevor went on to complete the four year training program at the Gitanmaax School of Northwest Coast Indian Art in Hazelton in 1998. In this way he became skilled in the design and carving of plaques, ladles, panels, masks, rattles, paddles and bentwood boxes.
Trevor has trained with esteemed artists such as Ken Mowatt, Vernon Stephens and Art Wilson. Trevor is currently apprenticed to master carver Phillip Janze and is learning the fine art of jewelry making.
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This piece opens to reveal an inner box with relief engraving that echos the outer lid.
Traditionally, boxes were considered prized possessions and customarily used to store wealth or special ceremonial objects such as masks, rattles, clothing and adornments. People often gave names to these beautiful ornate boxes, told stories about their histories and treated them as family heirlooms. However, non-decorated boxes acted as instruments of life – from storing less precious articles, to food and later used for mortuary purposes. In Haida mythology, a stack of boxes contained the essence from which Raven created the world.
Eagle, Dogfish, Beaver and Frog Box retains its traditional elements through conception and imagery. Derek exhibits his mastery in his precision of line and perfect symmetry of the formline of this treasure. The gently angled lid with Abalone inlay, as well as the engraved and incised elements on the box is suggestive of the prototypic bent cornered wooden boxes and chests.
The box contains not only depictions of four important crest animals, but connects to past traditions in which a box held more than the material object, it also linked people to their heritage, lineage and each other.
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