Unique, one of a kind, Authentic Alaskan Native Modern Art; Mask depicting the Holiday Season - Alaskan Holiday
The artist used Orthoceras, an extinct form of squid hundreds of millions of years old for both the base and the spear. The face is a faceted 2484 caret ruby gem surrounded by a bi-colored silver/white fox fur ruff and accented by increasing sized faceted green gems of 221.3, 235.77 and 257.8 carets respectively. These delicate quartz gems are meant to symbolize a rising moon are round shaped with a very nice proportional table cut. The snow mask is ivory.
The theme of this art is meant to symbolize the artist's conception of four facets of native culture;
1. Ancient ties to the land via the Orthoceras, a primeval fossil.
2. Close ties to current nature with the use of fur and ivory.
3. The preciousness of life with the use of gemstone representing face.
4. Awareness of the passage of time and the changes that occur using different gemstones to represent the rising or setting sun, moon or stars.
More according to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Orthoceras ("straight horn") is a genus of extinct nautiloid cephalopod. This genus is sometimes called Orthoceratites. Note it is sometimes misspelled as Orthocera, Orthocerus or Orthoceros (Sweet 1964:K222). Orthoceras fossils are common and have a global distribution, occurring in any marine rock, especially limestones. These are slender, elongate shells with the middle of the body chamber transversely constricted, and a subcentral orthochoanitic siphuncle. The surface is ornamented by a network of fine lirae (Sweet 1964:K224). Length: 18.0 in x Width: 12.0 in x Height: 29.0 in. Weight 54 lbs. Technique is Alaskan Native modern freeform sculptured gem art. Date completed 12/2011.
Artwork is verified Alaskan Native Artist through the Silver Hand program, your assurance of authentic Native Art. Each set comes with Silver Hand tag bearing artist name, permit number and date created.