This is an exquisite, hand-engraved, solid sterling silver spoon carved by First Nations Native artist Henry McKay. It measures 8.75 inches long by 2.5 inches wide and is signed. It is titled Raven the Creator and depicts Raven with the Sun, Eagle, Orca, and Wolf (on the handle). It is essentially a representation of the "Raven Stealing the Sun" story. At the beginning of time, the whole world was dark.The reason for this blackness had to do with an old man in a house by one of the largest rivers on Earth, who had a box, which contained a box, which contained a box, which contained an infinite number of boxes, each nestled in a box slightly larger than itself until finally there was a box so small all it could contain was all the light in the universe. The old man hid the light because he was afraid to see whether or not his daughter was ugly. In a ploy to steal the light, Raven shrunk himself to become a hemlock needle in a basket of drinking water so that the daughter swallowed him. Soon, Raven was reborn from her as a raven/human child.
The old man accepted him as a grandson, and soon Raven began begging that he open the boxes, one after another, each time pleading and crying until the old man succumbed. When the old man finally opened the box containing the light, Raven grabbed it and flew out of the house, causing light to spread throughout the world and revealing that the old man's daughter as beautiful - beautiful as the fronds of a hemlock tree. This legend represents creation and transition.
This piece is beautiful as a sculptural piece but could also be used functionally. While Henry McKay is mainly a self-taught artist, he worked with carver Mitchell Morrison during the beginning of his career.
He was born in 1955. He started to carve wood in 1975 with his uncle, Patterson McKay. Henry has been making and painting his own drums since 1983, and his skills as an artist are extremely diverse.
He is the father of Matthew and Sandi McKay. "Silver serving spoon", "custom serving spoon", "native american serving set", "engraved silver spoon", "haida spoon". The item "Hand Carved Sterling Silver Northwest Native American Serving Spoon" is in sale since Wednesday, December 19, 2018.
This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Canada\ Aboriginal". The seller is "artfromabove" and is located in Vancouver, British Columbia. This item can be shipped to North, South, or Latin America, all countries in Europe, Japan, Australia.