This beautiful Eagle Frontlet is hand-carved and signed by Kwakwaka'wakw artist Greg Henderson from the Wei Wai Kum First Nation in Campbell River. The frontlet has been carved from yellow cedar, painted in red and black acrylic, and features 10 abalone inlays on the front and 1 on the back. The frontlet comes with a removable stand that represents a copper shield. It is carved in red cedar and painted in black acrylic
A frontlet is a forehead mask that is worn by chiefs and high-ranking individuals as a display of crests and status. Frontlets are often decorated with materials symbolic of wealth and power: abalone shell, operculum shell, sea lion whiskers, feathers, or fur.
The Eagle Symbol is known as “The master of skies” and is a symbol of great significance. He is believed to be the creature with the closest relationship with the creator. Soaring to great heights, he can travel between the physical and the spiritual world. He is said to be a messenger to the creator.
Find more information about and examples of The Eagle Northwest Coast First Nations symbol.
This frontlet, including the stand, measures approximately 8 1/4 inches or 21 centimeters high, 5 5/8 inches or 14 1/2 centimeters wide, and 4 inches or 10 1/2 centimeters deep. Not including the stand, the frontlet measures about 6 inches or 15 1/2 centimeters high, 5 3/4 inches or 14 1/2 centimeters wide, and 3 3/4 inches or 9 1/2 centimeters deep.