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Exquisite Haida Volcano Woman Argillite Maskette Sculpture With Stand 2" X 1" For Sale
This exquisite and refined Haida argillite carving was created by established Northwest Coast First Nations artist, Andrew Williams. Measuring 2" high x 1 1/2" wide x 7/8" deep, this beautiful work has been embellished with abalone, bone, and pipe stone inlays. It depicts Volcano Woman, wearing a spruce root Frog hat, and crying frog tears for her endangered forest friends. It comes with the stand and a complimentary fine art appraisal from a reputable Vancouver art gallery. Volcano Woman is perhaps one of the oldest and most revered legends amongst the Haida. It tells of a mortal's fate if he/she does not treat sacred objects or creatures with respect. In defence of her beloved wild creatures, she controls the powerful volcanoes. Stories tell of how the killing of a frog leads Volcano Woman to destroy an entire village. Volcano Woman is a supernatural, powerful person in First Nations mythology. She had a son who, like his mother, had supernatural abilities. He often liked to change from his human form to that of a frog (Wukus). Years ago, a prince and his two friends went fishing. Hungry, they lay their food on leaves. The Wukus - being mischievous - jumped on their food. Twice the young Prince threw the Frog into the shrubs but on the third time they threw the frog into the fire and killed the innocent creature. A few nights later, a woman could be heard crying and wailing. "Who has done this, come forward and I will spare your village." This warning went unheeded for some time until finally a Woman of the Elders went to the village outskirts to see her. Volcano Woman instructed the Woman of the Elders to send forth the three young men and she would spare the village from volcanic destruction. The Woman of the Elders begging for the sake of the village told of Volcano Woman's ultimatum - but this warning went ignored. On the final night of the village's existence, Volcano Woman was heard saying, "I asked for those responsible to take heed and now you will know my vengeance." The village shook, and a volcano erupted, destroying the village and all who lived there. Andrew Williams is from Old Masset and his crests include Raven, Shark, Killerwhale, Grizzly, and Raven-Finned Killerwhale. Andrew is largely self-taught and has been carving since 1995. In June of 1999, Andrew took a shaping course with Gary Minaker-Russ through the First Peoples Cultural Foundation Grant. Andrew's influences are Christian White and Terry Yeltazie for their inlay work and Gary Minaker-Russ for polishing technique and form. In 2009, Andy graduated from Vancouver's Northwest Coast Jewellery Arts program under established Haida/Kwakwaka'wakw artist, Dan Wallace. He is well known for is inlay work and minute detail. Keywords: "Tlingit carving", "totem pole", "dreamcatcher", "small mask", "shaman amulet"
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Exquisite Haida Volcano Woman Argillite Maskette Sculpture With Stand 2" X 1" : $2,000