This one-of-a-kind original round Silver Haida Pendant / Medallion with chain is hand carved and signed by Bill Reid from the Haida Nation. It represents most probably a Sea Bear (Ts'amgus) Design that was carved in the year 1956.
This original carving represents one of his earlier pieces, that was inspired by a life changing experience, during a visit to Haida Gwaii in 1954. During this visit BiIl Reid was exposed to some masterpieces carved by his great-great-uncle, Charles Edenshaw, after which, to use his own words, “the world was not the same.”
In this design Bill Reid is exploring the mythical beast in a circular format. This design is very similar to the Ts'amgus Oval Brooch featured in the Bill Reid Foundation Collection. You can see the brooch as the first image featured in the " Jewelry " section at the following link: http://theravenscall.ca/en/art
The Bear Symbol represents strength, family, vitality courage and health. The bear is thoughtful and independent, with little need for fellowship. The bear is also self-contained and strong-willed in nature. A Bear is of great support and comfort to those who crave human company simply for personal reassurance rather than for the simple pleasure of being with friends. He makes lonely periods of life far easier.
Find more information about The Bear First Nations symbol.
The untitled round Silver Pendant / Medallion is 1.9 inches or 4.8 centimeters in diameter and including the chain 19.5 inches or about 50 centimeters in length.
We have an existing Certificate of Authenticity by Buschlen Mowatt Fine Art Gallery from 1994 with an evaluation of $ 16,000.00.
A silver chain is not included but can be purchased separately here.