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Lionel Samuels was born in 1963 in Masset on the Queen Charlotte Islands in British Columbia, Canada. He is a member of the Haida Nation and he takes the Raven, revered as the hero, creator, trickster and transformer, as his family crest symbol.
Lionel reveals that it was only natural that he began making Northwest Coast Native art since it was an integral part of his family heritage. He has been carving argillite since the age of twenty and he is the grandson of a famous argillite carver, Captain Andrew Brown.
Lionel is versed in carving argillite, cedar wood, silver and gold and he paints originals. His workmanship reveals a great deal of intricacy, balance and depth. His argillite pieces are commonly carved on both sides, when in pendant form, and his sculptures, whether miniature or large have a four dimensional quality that is distinctive and sought-after by many collectors.
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.