‘The Power of Transformation’ Bentwood Box

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Red Cedar wood, Yellow Cedar wood, Acrylic Paint

The Power of TransformationBentwood Box is a precisely painted masterwork inspired by an artifact in the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography’s collection at Harvard University. The artifact is a wooden comb from the early 1800’s, featuring a Frog motif on one side and a Double-Headed Serpent motif on the other. It was carved by a Coast Salish individual. Margaret wanted to create a contemporary take on the original artist’s style using the Serpent design. As with many of Margaret’s pieces, the figures are painted reflectively, with one side of the design mirroring the side opposite to it.

The Double-Headed Serpent is a supernatural figure associated with wealth, power, rebirth, and transformation. The most well-known version of this creature is the Sisiutl from Kwakwaka’wakw legend, but many coastal First Nations have their own variations of the figure as well.

10 x 11.25 x 11.25"


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