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This set of sculptural bone carvings began as a fawn femur which I split in half and then intricately carved with original designs inspired by totem poles carved by the Tlingit Indians of Alaska. One side is male, the other is female.

At the top of each totem perches a raven, an important crest figure in Tlingit culture. The male totem features a crouching shaman; the female side features a tribal woman in ceremonial dress. Each figure is holding a ceremonial vessel. Note the detail on the male headdress: there are eight feathers. Each one is 1/16" wide and 1/4" tall. The woman's totem features braided hair, an ornate necklace, and decorative details on the dress. The third photo shows how these pieces become translucent when lit from behind.

This pair is sure to inspire interesting conversations. They would look stunning on a wooden base (cherry compliments the patina quite nicely), hung on a wall in a shadow box, or displayed in a glass curiousity case.

I made this set from a deer bone that I found on the property near my home, hence surface inconsistencies and natural color variations are to be expected.

I treat these pieces with reverence as they were once living creatures. I like to think that my carvings are a way to give the animal a second life through art.

Dimensions for each totem: 8" l x 1/2" w

Sculptural Bone Carving Totem Set, Original Design, Inspired by Tlingit Totem Poles, unique and unusual tribal art


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