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Chief Jacob (Jake) Thomas Soapstone Sculpture / CarvingAuthentic Indigenous/ Iroquois / First Nations / Six NationsFalse Faces & Turtle
This sale is for a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind piece and a significant piece of history. This was sculpted by Chief Jacob (Jake) Thomas - an Indigenous man who lived from 1922 - 1998. He was "was a leading proponent and interpreter of Iroquoian culture: craftsman, condoled CayugaChief, longhouse speaker or official "faithkeeper", singer, preacher of the Code of Handsome Lake, master of the Condolence Ceremony, authority on the Great Law of Peace." "Jake handmade many different types of arts objects to support and preserve the oral tradition of passing on the longhouse speeches he learned to recite during his life time, including explanations of international agreements between the Hodenosaunee 608*, neighbouring nations and colonizing nations in North do not know the name of these piece but similar sculptures of his have names that include "False Faces". It is signed by "Jacob Thomas" and "1/06". Again, based on how other pieces have been signed, I am assuming this to mean January of 2006.
This carving, as you can see in the images, features a turtle, a large face and a smaller face. This is made from soapstone, or steatite. It measures approximately 28 cm (11") in length and 15 cm (6") high at its highest point. It is a significant piece and weighs almost 13 lbs (5.8 kg).
Will pack well in a sturdy box. If in Toronto area, local pick-up is available. Tracking is included with shipping both inside and outside of Canada.
Thank you for your interest. Please let me know if you have any questions!