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Hide, Acrylic paint
|Dimensions||21 x 21 x 2"|
Haida artist James Sawyer was born Oct 31, 1969 in Queen Charlotte City located in central area of the Haida Gwaii(formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands).. and is currently resides in a small town of Masset located in northern area of the Haida Gwaii Sawyer credits his great-grandfather, argillite carver Ike Hans, and his uncles Thomas Hans of Vancouver and Douglas Wilson of Victoria, both well-known painters and carvers, with inspiring him to create and produce his traditional Haida paintings, paddles, wood panels and gold & silver jewelry.
Although born in Queen Charlotte City, his family moved away when he was a child. However, being a member of the Eagle Clan, the largest of the Haida clans, Sawyer often returned to the islands for family gatherings and holidays and finally at the age of 21 he took up permanent residence. Currently he resides in the small town of Masset, located in northern Haida Gwaii.
Upon his return to the islands, Sawyer honed his craft under the tutelage of well-known Haida artist Pat Wesley, an argillite carver and painter. Sawyer prefers painting to carving, and prefers to use the traditional black and red colors in his acrylic renderings.
Sawyer’s design ideas draw heavily on spiritual interpretation. A dream or sweat lodge experience will bring an idea to the surface, which he will then refine in drawings before beginning to paint.
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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
22K Yellow Gold, Platinum, Abalone shell, Cast, Engraved
Includes Skil Hat Stand; Yew wood, Brass
Edition 1 of 3
5.25″ x 2.75″ x 2.75″ (including stand)
Price upon request
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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