Northwest Coast Carved Thunderbird Bentwood Box Signed For Sale
For sale is a Northwest coast bentwood box by Cliff Wesley, a Tsimshian artist from the Prince Rupert area of Vancouver Island. Cliff`s family crest is the whale. The box is 5” H with lid & 3 ½” H w/o lid X almost 5”across and in excellent condition. The lid and the base are made from red cedar and the box from yellow cedar. The bentwood box is a Northwest Coast creation and is made without tools. Prior to metal tools, Northwest coast native craftsmen split a single plank of cedar of which all four sides of the bentwood boxes were made. This was achieved by grooving, steaming and bending a single wooden plank to form the sides of a box. Three corners of the box are bent and the fourth is pegged or more recently glued and a bottom is added. This box is decorated on the top with a carved split raven design. Two sides of the box are carved with an image of two killer whales. The other two sides are carved with a dancer in a raven costume. The box is signed Cliff Wesley Tsimshian.