‘Moon’ by Robert Davidson – First Nations Northwest Coast Haida Art presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.
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Condition: Fine condition, with two small stains on blue shade. Frame is silver color museum quality with easy to move clips in the back for easy removal of print.
Frame: Please note that for safety reasons, print can be shipped framed without glass within Canada only. Shipments outside Canada will include print and mat with both frame and glass removed. Alternatively, glass may be replaced with resistant acrylic transparent glass that is safe for shipping at additional cost. Please inquire.
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Notes from DaVic Gallery: ‘Moon’ – “As well as stealing the sun to bring daylight, Raven stole the moon, along with the stars, and these he flung into the sky to lighten the darkness of the night.
When there was an eclipse of the moon, the Kwagiutl thought that a codfish, with its great gaping mouth, was trying to swallow the moon. To prevent this happening, a large bonfire was lit and green boughs added to create a huge pall of smoke. As people danced ceremonially around the fire, thick smoke rose up into the sky, unfailingly causing the codfish to cough and spit out the moon. Equally successful were the efforts of the people who, on seeing the moon appear at the edge of the mountain, struck their drums or beat on a log with sticks to “drum-up the moon.”
The moon is portrayed much like the sun, with a face filling the centre, but no rays issue from it. Occasionally it may be shown in crescent form.
Among the Haida, Moon was the exclusive crest of only a few of the highest ranking chiefs.
Robert Davidson’s Moon is an unusual version with a crescent moon with the profile of a man’s face, his hand also forming the mouth.” – Looking at Indian Art of the Northwest Coast by Hilary Stewart (page 84 and 85)
Glass in frame may be replaced with resistant acrylic glass, at additional cost, for shipping.