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Sterling silver, Engraved, Oxidised
Cut-Out Design, Tapered
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Sterling silver, Engraved, Oxidised
Cut-Out Design, Tapered
Norman Bentley was born in 1968, in Skidegate located in the Queen Charlotte Islands along the Northern Coast of British Columbia. He is a member of the Haida Nation, and takes the Eagle, seen as a symbol of both power and prestige as his predominant family crest. At the age of twelve, Norman began to carve small pieces from wood. In 1988, at the age of twenty, Norman began his jewelry training at the prestigious, Tony Cavelti Jewelry Apprenticeship Program utilizing precious and semi-precious metals.
Norman was largely supported by family, friends and received a great deal of encouragement from internationally acclaimed Haida artist, Bill Reid. After gaining a great deal of knowledge in the technique basics and unique design concepts he completed his four year apprenticeship and embarked on perfecting his designs in the traditional Haida style. In addition to his formal training, renowned Haida artist Bill Reid passed on his support and knowledge to help Norman become proficient in design.
Norman is known for his cutout style of engraving and for this reason his jewelry is sought after by many international collectors. In September 2001, Norman’s rings were featured in In Style Magazine, which declared his rings as ‘must-haves’ upon visiting Vancouver. He is the only artist to produce a distinct and unique style of jewelry engraving where his incisions are deep and his images are fully cutout within the piece of jewelry.
Norman’s exquisite pieces reflect an innate carving talent; while his care and attention to detail makes each piece a work of unique Art.
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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.
Argillite, Abalone Shell, Sterling Silver, Mastodon ivory
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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