Unique, one of a kind, Authentic Alaskan Native Modern Art; depicting the darker side of human expression - Dark Night
Mask uses a raw cut amethyst with polished sides as a focal point for the face surrounded by a silver fox fur ruff and accented by increasing sized faceted amethyst gems of 175, 222.20 and 265.5 carets respectively. An amethyst geode is used for the mask base. Orthoceras, an extinct form of squid hundreds of millions of years old is used for the spear. 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 raw 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). Size; Length: 19.0 in x Width: 12.0 in x Height: 26.0 in. Weight 48lbs. Technique is Alaskan Native modern freeform sculptured gem art. Date completed 3/2011.
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.