This large Eagle and Raven Moon Mask by Patrick Amos Native Artist from the Nuu-chah-nulth Nation, is carved in red cedar and pine. The mask features four Raven designs on the rim, an Eagle head with a human design on the forehead, two cut-outs by the open beak, 2 polished paua shell onlays on the eyes, cedar bark and acrylic paint. Some of the paint includes an additive that makes the paint sparkle.
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.
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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 Moon Symbol is the protector and guardian of the earth. Its spirit watches over us and can change our moods.
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The Moon Mask including the cedar bark is up to 24 inches or 61 centimeters in diameter and around 4 inches or 10 centimeters deep. Without the cedar bark the mask over 22 inches or 56 centimeters in diameter.