Native American

Two Spoons

Artist: Robert Davidson
Culture/People: Haida
Place: Haida Gwaii, British Colombia, Canada
Media: Silver
Dims: 4.5 x 1.5 in. (11.4 x 3.8 cm)
Date: c. 1970
RTC No. NA0189A
Gift of Ralph T. Coe, 2011

Artist: Robert Davidson
Culture/People: Haida
Place: Haida Gwaii, British Colombia, Canada
Media: Silver
Dims: 5.5 x 1.5 in. (13.9 x 3.8 cm)
Date: c. 1971
RTC No. NA0189B
Gift of Ralph T. Coe, 2011

Description

These two spoons are by Robert Davidson. They show examples of formline design, an art form commonly found in Northwest Coast Indigenous art, characterized by continuous, flowing lines that create complex and harmonious compositions using simple forms and shapes. They were purchased by Ted Coe from the Centennial Museum Shop in 1978.

Robert Davidson is an internationally recognized Haida and Tlingit artist who works in a variety of mediums, including totem poles, masks, sculptures, printmaking, painting, and jewelry. His work is found in the National Gallery of Canada, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Canadian Museum of History, and the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles. To read more about another work by Davidson in the collection, visit the page for this extraordinary bracelet.

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