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|Dimensions||3 x 3.75 x 2"|
|Artist||Greg White Lightbown|
Greg White Lightbown was born in 1953. He is a member of the Haida Nation, a group of First Peoples whose traditional territory comprises the northern coast of British Columbia on the Islands of Haida Gwaii and the southern coast of Alaska. Greg belongs to the Raven Clan, one of the two central family crests of the Haida. Greg comes from a strong line of artists, which includes his Great Grandfather the legendary Charles Edenshaw.
Carving in argillite for over 40 years, Greg's valuable and extensive knowledge of argillite carving has been an inspiration to many younger carvers. One such artist is Greg's own son, Gryn White. Gryn is an accomplished argillite carver and credits his father as his “strongest inspiration.”
Greg White Lightbown takes pride in creating traditional pieces with themese that strongly connect to his Haida heritage, while continuing to produce some of the most expertly created argillite pieces today.
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The carving of flutes of the Northwest Coast extends back historically through time. The dramatic importance of the flute was indicated by the variety of specialized whistles, each of which was produced to make specific tones. Songs and dances were part fo all ceremony and ritual, a fundamental element of the inherited privilege. Equally important were the many whistles and other musical instruments that were specifically designated for most dances. Wooden whistles of one, two or three shafts, each with several holes and reeds produced a strong and clear note. Flutes and whistles were traditionally blown in the woods to introduce the cermonial season. Every instrument was the object of time, skill and concern and was considered by those who owned it as a necessary part of the family’s collection
Sterling Silver, Argillite, Abalone shell, Mastodon Ivory, Repousse, Engraved
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.