Sun Plaque (Medium)
Carved by Ralph Shuaghnessy Sr.
* 4.5"h. x 4.5"w. x 0.25"d.
The Sun in the Kwakwa̱ka̱'wakw Mythology
The Sun is believed to be a man who came to earth from the heavens and became the first ancestor to a number of Kwakwaka’wakw clans. These people use the sun and his mask as their crest. One legend says the Sun wears abalone-shell earrings and when he walks across the sky, his abalone-shell earrings catch the light and give daylight to the world.
About the artist Ralph Shaghnessy Sr.
‘Namgis artist Ralph Shaughnessy was born in Alert Bay, British Columbia. He is self-taught and has been carving his plaques, key chains, and fridge magnets for a number of years. Ralph uses the traditional designs of his ancestors in his carvings. Ralph has not participated in any exhibits but his work is widely distributed throughout the world.
* Note that all pieces are unique and measurements and weights may slightly vary.
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