Bear & Salmon Cedar Carving
George Manson 'Bear & Salmon Head Spirit Face ' Large Carving
NOS Beautiful, original and signed 24' inches long by 7.5' inch wide by 3/4' deep cedar wood depiction of ''Bear & Salmon Head Spirit Face'' in the style of the Tla-o-qui-aht, Nuu Chah Nulth first nation .
This beautiful cedar wood carving is ready to be hung on the wall and is used for the purpose of ceremonial presentation, signed by George Manson.
The Bear is a symbol for power, courage, physical strength and leadership. Warrior's e.g. are known to wear bear claw necklaces which meant protection. In Haida culture the Bear is referred to as "Elder Kinsman" and was treated like a high ranking guest.
The Salmon symbolizes prosperity, renewal and fertility. They are one of the most important and highest respected animals of all since they have been the primary food source from the beginning of time to the Northwest Coast First Nations.
George Manson is from the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation. He lives on Meares Island, across from Tofino, BC, in the small village of Opitsat.
George uses traditional designs in his wood carvings and paintings. Many of his pieces show transformation designs, such as wolf transforming into killer whale (the wolf of the sea) or Four Directions (Hummingbird/Human Transformation).
George shares his talent by giving demonstrations and workshops to children. He is a prolific carver, producing all manner of animals and paddles.
"Over the years, I've developed a style of my own, carving little spirit faces within many of my creations. My transformation pieces are inspired by my own personal growth...always transforming as a person and an artist."