This Raven Head Sculpture was hand-carved and painted by Kwakwaka'wakw artist Rod Smith. It had been carved from basswood, sits on a removable red cedar base, and has been painted in white, black, and green acrylic. Rod is perhaps best known for his precise and elegant painting style.
Mischievous and curious, the Raven plays many important roles in Pacific Northwest Coast Culture. For some, he symbolizes creation, transformation, knowledge, prestige as well as the complexity of nature and the subtlety of truth. He also symbolizes the unknown and shows that every person sees the world in a different way.
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The sculpture, including the base, measures approximately 9 inches or 23 centimeters high, 9 inches or 23 centimeters wide, and 4 inches or 10 centimeters deep.
The last image shows Rod holding the sculpture.
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