Saturday, 24 March 2012
Beaver Manda and Totem
The Beaver Manda in the foreground was carved by the Haida artist, Jim Hart, in 1995. Jim Hart apprenticed with the incredible Haida sculptor Bill Reid and also made the Three Watchmen, which I posted a sketch of, back in December. I understand a manda was usually symbolic of one of the clans and might grace a trading box or grave. This contemporary interpretation is about 2.4m long and unlike traditional poles, is horizontal and three dimensional. It is carved from one enormous piece of cedar and reminds me of a sphinx poised to spring into life.
Behind is the Beaver Totem, with a stick in it's mouth, which was probably made about a century earlier as a Haida Chief's house post (interior support).