Stunning Northwest Coast Native Carved Wooden Whale Box, By Gilbert Dawson For Sale
Stunning piece of Authentic native Art !!! Highest Quality! SolidAlder Wood!
Beautiful Whale Box, hand carved and hand painted all around by Master carver GILBERT DAWSON
Measurements are: 15.5" x 11" x 9"
The Box is lidded and sitting on a removable plinth. Everything hand crafted! Gilbert signed this piece underneath the lid.
Fabulous condition, vibrant colours,fabulous craftsmanship!It's not a Bentwood Box.
Gilbert Dawson was born in 1984 in Alert Bay on Vancouver Island to his mother Marilyn Lancaster of the Tlowitsis tribe and Father Herbert Dawson of the Dzawada'enuxw/Kingcome Inlet, both very talented artists. He is a member of the Kwakwaka'wakw First Nation.
Gilbert has been carving since 1995. He has worked with Beau Dick, Bruce Alfred, Sam Shaughnessy, Don Svanvyc, Joe Pederson and Joe Wilson. He has also immersed himself in the Kwakwala language and has learned more than 75 ceremonial songs. In July of 2001, he carved over 30 masks solely for a potlatch hosted by James Speck. Gilbert holds Wolf, Sun and Sisiutl as his crests. Culture is a passion of Gilbert and it is taken seriously of each piece that is made, they are very much made with positive feelings, his inspiration are the children he has, they allow him to carry on carving and teaching them the culture and the language as well as passing down the knowledge that was handed down by the elders.
The native meaning of the WHALE: Known as the "Lord of the Ocean" the Killer whale is said to be the guardian of the ocean, with seals as his slaves and dolphins as his warriors. It is believed that killer whales are closely related to humans, and is said that when a human drowns it is taken down by killer whales into their deep villages and transformed into a killer whale. When a killer whale is seen of shore he is believed to be a deceased human trying to communicate with loved ones. When a person is drowned by a killer whale they have been drowned by a deceased family member. The killer whale is the sea form of the white wolf that's where the white markings come from, Because killer whales mates for life they symbolise romance and longevity. Killerwhales also symbolise Harmony, Travel, and Protection.
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