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Beaver and Wolf Clan Bentwood Box  Doug Zilkie  Haida Nation

Beaver and Wolf Clan Bentwood Box, Doug Zilkie, Haida Style Artist

Formline Revolution ©Corey Moraes 2008  Red cedar bentwood box, acrylic paint, opercula shells  27"x19"x19"

The distinctive art of the Northwest coastal tribes is usually associated with totem poles. Here, though, we have a British Columbian box. I won't attempt to identify the creature or its story. I'm just very fond of the style.

This painted bentwood storage box shows the typical lashing and knotwork of twisted cedar bark cordage used to secure the contents during transport in freight canoes. Collected on Haida Gwaii before 1901 by Charles F. Newcombe. CMC VII-B-929 (S94-6759)

painted bentwood storage box shows the typical lashing and knotwork of twisted cedar bark cordage used to secure the contents during transport in freight canoes. Collected on Haida Gwaii before 1901 by Charles F.

Killer Whale bent box  © Corey Moraes (Tsimshian), 2009.  Hand engraved sterling silver, oxidized with ebony lid.

Killer Whale bent box © Corey Moraes (Tsimshian), Hand engraved sterling silver, oxidized with ebony lid.

Bentwood Box - Beaver and Bear design Henry Van Calcar C2010  This unusual take of the of the traditional steamed bentwood box is attributed to a non native artist. The box body is yellow cedar the lid and bottom are red cedar the lid has 18 Operculum shell inlay-ed into it. Measurements of the box are 11 inches high x 9 inches round.

Bentwood Box - Beaver and Bear design Henry Van Calcar This unusual take of the of the traditional steamed bentwood box is attributed to an a non native artist.

Lovebirds (Eagle and Raven) Bentwood Box. Artist Israel Shotridge.

Lovebirds (Eagle and Raven) Bentwood Box. I think the bentwood box is a quintessential Pacific Northwest element.

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