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Elk hide, Wood, Acrylic paint
Stand is not included.
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Elk hide, Wood, Acrylic paint
Stand is not included.
|Dimensions||18 x 18 x 2.25"|
Barry Wilson was born in 1952 in Kemano, British Columbia, Canada, located along the Central coast of the province and he is a member of the Haisla nation. Barry takes the Killerwhale, revered for its great strength and skill as a hunter, as his family crest symbol. Well versed in his cultural background, Barry enjoys depicting images significant to his heritage.
He began carving at the young age of five under the tutelage of his grandfather, Gordon Robertson, a Chief and master carver as well as Henry Robertson, his uncle. As an expert silver and goldsmith, he is best known for his shell and stone inlay work. Barry is Derek Wilson’s younger brother, also well known for his jewelry pieces. Barry is considered one of the most experienced jewelry carvers of today and continues to push the boundaries of the art form. He utilizes a wide variety of media, such as ivory, bone, mountain goat horn, gold, silver, precious and semi-precious stone. His carving, traditional in style, reflects depth and intricate detail in every piece he creates. Barry’s exquisite silver and gold jewelry pieces have garnered local and international attention. His pieces are very distinctive, therefore sought after by many collectors of Northwest Coast jewelry.
In his spare time, Barry enjoys working on large-scale wood carving projects both locally and abroad which aim to preserve the Haisla culture for future generations. In 2001 he traveled with his uncle, Henry Robertson and brother, Derek Wilson to Sweden to assist in the completion and raising of a replica of the G’psgolox totem pole. This grand pole, made of cedar wood for a Haisla art installation, was part of a repatriation agreement between Sweden and Canada. This important mission aimed to increase awareness of Haisla culture to the Swedish population. Barry was also featured in the National Film Board’s documentary, ‘Totem: The Return of the G’psgolox Pole’.
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Yellow Cedar wood, Acrylic paint
“People of the Eagle” Frontlet, masterfully carved and painted by Kwakwaka’wakw artist Barry Scow, represents the Chief and his people of the Eagle clan. True to form of Barry’s fine carving, this frontlet portrays the Eagle with Sun, and commemorates Barry’s link to his Grandfather, who was a Chief, and to his heritage.
A Frontlet is a forehead mask attached to a woven headpiece, worn only by Chiefs and high-ranking individuals in order to display status. This particular frontlet carries the Eagle and Sun motif. The Eagle position belonged to the highest-ranking Chief in the village.
The Eagle lives in the sky, or Upper World, and represents status, power, peace and friendship. Eagle is the Chief of the birds, an honor he shares with the Woodpecker. The Sun is a popular Kwakwaka’wakw motif, used quite regularly in their art. The sun can represent life and creative forces as well as warmth and healing.
To further establish his high position, the Chief practiced a traditional act of discarding his wealth in front of other Chiefs. Much of this wealth was in the form of copper. To break the copper or throw it into the ocean, symbolized that he and his clan were modest of their wealth and that the value of friendship weighed more than the value of material wealth.
To assist the Chief with this historical display of modesty, a subordinate was appointed. The assistant is portrayed below the beak of the Eagle, carved in intricate detail, as one can see in the teeth and tongue of the human face. Another beautiful component of this piece are the Chief’s people, delicately cradled in the beak of the Eagle.
Elk hide, Sinew, Acrylic paint
The drum is considered one of the main percussive instruments, along with the rattle, which was used in traditional Northwest Coast ceremonies and cultural events. Its beat provides the basis from which dances, songs and oral histories are performed during a Potlatch.
The Thunderbird is a supernatural, mythical creature that lives high in the mountains and feeds on Killerwhale. It’s been aptly named for the thunder that rolls off its wings and lightening comes from its eyes when it flies.
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Includes Skil Hat Stand; Yew wood, Brass
Edition 1 of 3
5.25″ x 2.75″ x 2.75″ (including stand)
Birch wood, Abalone, Ivory
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A frontlet is a forehead mask attached to a woven headpiece. It is worn by chiefs and high-ranking individuals as a display of crests and status. Frontlets are often decorated with materials that are symbols of wealth and power: abalone shell, operculum shell, sea lion whiskers, feathers and/or ermine pelts.
The intelligent Eagle symbolizes status, power, peace and friendship.