This large 1 3/4 inch Haida Raven and the Light Repoussé Bracelet has been hand-carved and hammered in sterling silver by Haida artist Derek White Jr. The repoussé (hammered) finish adds a dramatic textured finish to the silver surface.
The bracelet tells the story of how Raven stole the light in the form of the sun, the moon and stars. Many say that he transformed himself into a baby to find out where the light was hidden and then stole it from an old chief who had kept them in his house locked away in a large bentwood box. After Raven escaped with the box through the smoke hole of the house, he placed the sun, the moon and the stars in the sky for all beings to enjoy. Originally the Raven had white feathers and after flying through the smoke hole with the light, his feathers turned black and stayed black until today.
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.
Find more information about and examples of The Raven Northwest Coast First Nations symbol.
This bracelet is about 7 inches long and weighs 59 grams.
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