Title: Shaman's Wand
Materials: Black Ash Burl, Soapstone (base), Iron tacks, Pigment
Size: Height, 23" (58.4cm) (including base)
Date of Completion: April 2012
This is the first of what I plan to be a related series.
The posture of the hands is based upon effigies found on several early Woodland Indian pipes. Looking through my eyes, I see this gesture as one of prayer, supplication or perhaps honest parlay. Historically, this gesture may have some very specific meaning I am unaware of. I would welcome any input from anyone that knows.