Mervyn Child

Thunderbird Moon Mask

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  • Thunderbird Moon Mask

Mervyn Child

Thunderbird Moon Mask

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This powerful Thunderbird Moon Mask is hand-carved from one piece of red cedar by Kwaguʼł artist Mervyn Child. The formlines have been carved and painted with red and black acrylic, and the mask has been finished with a delicately painted cross-hatched design in light grey acrylic. The mask is about 27 inches or 69 centimeters wide, close to 27 inches or 69 centimeters long, and about 8 inches or 20 centimeters deep.

The Thunderbird is the great supernatural being and ruler of the sky with influence stretching from horizon to horizon. With the beating of his great wings, the Thunderbird has the power to produce powerful storms, lightning, thunder, rain, sleet, snow, and wildfires. His power and strength envelop the world with warmth, and his protection is sought by those who journey away from home.

The Thunderbird Symbol represents power, protection, and strength. He is often seen as the most powerful of all spirits and can also transform into human form by opening his head up like a mask and taking his feathers off as if they were a mere blanket. Under his wings are lightning snakes, which he can use as a tool or weapon.

Find more information about and examples of The Thunderbird Northwest Coast First Nations symbol.

The Moon Symbol is the protector and guardian of the earth. Its spirit watches over us and can change our moods.

Find more information about and examples of The Moon Northwest Coast First Nations symbol.

The Thunderbird is carved and painted with his great wings outstretched enveloping and protecting the beautiful moon at the center of the work. Carved and painted talons and tail feathers are carved into the rim and depicted beneath. With the mask only partially painted, the warm patina and grain of the red cedar beneath shines through. A beautiful mask carved entirely from a single piece of cedar.

The price includes shipping to the Continental USA and Canada.