Sculptures


Eagle Wolf - Woodland - Sculptures

Woodland

109 Walking Bear Atsiaq - Inuit - Sculptures

Inuit

Totem pole beven - Pacific Northwest - Sculptures

Pacific Northwest

 

Sculptures

 

Carving stone into sculpture is an activity older than civilization itself. Prehistoric sculptures were usually human forms, and the faceless statues of , ancient Greece. Later cultures devised animal, human-animal and abstract forms in stone. The earliest cultures used abrasive techniques, and modern technology employs pneumatic hammers and other devices. But for most of human history, sculptors used hammer and chisel as the basic tools for carving stone.

 

The Inuit people have been carving stone sculptures for thousands of years but it was only introduced as fine art to the modern world on a significant scale during the 1950s. Today, Inuit stone sculptures have gained international recognition as a valid form of contemporary fine art.

 

The Iroquois are composed of six nations: Mohawk, Onondaga, Seneca, Cayuga, Oneida and Tuscarora. They carve mainly Broken nose mask sculptures, which is part of the False Face or Medicine Mask society to scare away disease and evil spirits.

 

Eagles = the guardian of the peace

Wampum belts = used as seal of friendship or pictograph recording history

False Face Mask = spirit who can heal and drive away sickness.

Turtles = the earth is carried by a great turtle

Corn Husk = the spirit of harvest and prosperity