August 26, 2012

Dan Wallace Rattle Pendant

Pieces by Kwakwaka'wakw-Haida artist Dan Wallace are extremely well done, and we always look forward to seeing his new creations. He recently brought in an elegant and beautifully engraved rattle pendant. Created from yew wood, with sterling silver on each side, this is an object that represents protection. First, the symbolism is linked to renewal and the maternal. The Salmon symbol engraved on one side represents the life cycle, and the female Moon symbol on the other side represents security and nurturing. Second, the rattle itself - which will hang downwards, near one's heart - is an object designed to ward off unwanted energies. Some say that small rattle pendants such as this, as symbols of protection, have been worn by expectant mothers and then given to the baby after birth. This wonderful pendant measures 2 1/2" x 1 3/16" x 5/16" and is available for $1,000.00 CAD.

Dan Wallace is a hereditary chief and is a descendant of the Cape Mudge Laich-kwil-taich and Haida Nations. Coming from two distinct cultural backgrounds, Dan has an abundance of creativity to draw upon. His crest is the Double-Finned Killerwhale.

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