Saturday, February 23, 2008

Saturday Photo Hunt --- Wooden





WOODEN


Surely this had to be one of the easiest photo hunts ever. Well in one way. In another way there was just too much choice. Finally I decided on some photos that I took at the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver recently. Click to enlarge for more detail.



These magnificent carved door panels once framed the entrance to the museum however they now reside inside, at the entrance to the gift shop. You can see how large they are in comparison with the items nearby. It was very difficult to photograph them because they are so tall and the light was poor.


These doors were were made in 1976 by four master Gitxsan artists: Walter Harris, Earl Muldoe, Vernon Stephens, and Art Sterritt.


Represented on the doors is a narrative of the first people of the
Skeena River region in B.C.



Detail of the previous door showing a magnificent Sun image


SUN - Healing Energy, Guardian of the Earth by Day Released from a box by Raven, Sun Chief inhabited the sky and it is believed he could be reached by climbing a chain of arrows, and sliding down its long rays. The Sun is often carved on totems and masks and sits atop the tallest totem pole.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE


58 comments:

Janice Thomson said...

Fabulous photos for the theme JMB - I love the carving on the middle panel although the sun too is truly magnificent. One would love to have a front door like this!

Carver said...

Those doors are very beautiful. I think it's interesting that the doors would have a narrative of the first people of the Skeena River Region. Great choice for the wooden theme. I hope you have a good weekend.

ellen b said...

Very cool! The doors are amazing. Another place to put on my list to visit the next time I'm in Vancouver...

Crushed by Ingsoc said...

It looks very like Inca artwork.

Is there a connection, or is it pure coincidence?

napaboaniya said...

Now I know what's the meaning behind sun carvings. The doors look kinda magnificent.
Good take on the theme Jmb :)

Natalie said...

Those really are perfect for the theme!

Heather said...

That is so awesome! What a wonderful find. :)

Rositta said...

I love carved doors, actually I love all unusual door. Beautiful photos...ciao

Katney said...

I love the art of the Pacific Northwest coasts of Washington, Canada, and Alaska. Although I know there are differences among the various nations, they have a common thread in their environment and how they portray it. These wooden doors capture that traditon so well. We had the privilege of a native presentation of a feast in Prince Rupert. The dancing, drumming, storytelling, and samplings of foods were inspiring, as are your photos.

eastcoastlife said...

Wow! These wooden door panels are huge! The carvings are too beautiful! I would love to have doors like these. They are majestic!

Jen said...

I find this post fascinating as I majored in Anthropology! I'd love to go here some day and see all this cool stuff! Have a great weekend!

leslie said...

Those doors are beautiful - such talent in carving! Mine's up now, too. :D

ipanema said...

i love native art and these are beautiful carved wooden doors! thieves may want to steal my door if i have that. :)

Bonggamom said...

Those door panels are breathtaking. You're right, this week's theme was easy, but it will be fun to see how original or creative people can be with the theme.

Corey~living and loving said...

love the doors. lots of artistry.
happy weekend.

Criz Lai said...

Great shots JMB. I love all those native art wood carving on all the doors. They would cost a bomb if I get them for my house... :P Have a great weekend :)

Cathy said...

Those are the most beutiful doors I have ever seen. If we ever make it back to Vancouver, we will have to be certain to go to the Museum.

Ji Yuan said...

they look magnificent!

YTSL said...

Great pictures for the photo hunt! Checked out -- and very much enjoyed spending time in -- the Museum of Anthropology the one time I ever visited Vancouver. It's lovely, filled with amazing objects that are well-displayed to boot. :)

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Great carvings indeed. Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend!

secret agent mama said...

Oh wow, how cool!!

Lynn said...

It's a superb wood carving. I wonder how much time was employed to created such wonderful carvings. It's really very interesting.

jams o donnell said...

WHat beautiful doors jmb. I've never seen such artwork before. I want to see more. Happy weekend!

Chris said...

Fantastic - such clever artists

Smalltown RN said...

I have not been to that museum in years...but I remember how much I enjoyed it...spent hours there.....I really should get over there and see it...thank you for sharing those wonderful photos...and the history behind them....simply perfect for the theme...

Mar said...

Terrific shots for the theme, what beautiful doors!! Love the sun too.
My pic is posted, happy PH and happy weekend :)

Pato & Pearl said...

Now...this is really a huge door. And the carvings are just amazing. The more I look at it it kinda looks like an ancient motives in a high tech world.. ;)

Have a good weekend!

Pearl

Juliana RW said...

beautifull wooden photos you have

Mine in here Have a nice weekend

picturing of life said...

what an artwork wooden :D

Will you visit my “wooden“ Have a nice weekend

Hootin' Anni said...

Just one word! ----WOW!!!!!!


Happy Hunting, I hope you'll find time to drop by and visit with me too today.

Bretwalda Edwin-Higham said...

Fabulous. Yes, wood abounds there - from native art to clapboard.

JC said...

Wonderful shots... they did beautiful work.

the teach said...

jmb, the doors are beautifully carved on beautiful wood. Lovely! :)

Sue said...

Beautiful carvings on those doors! Happy photo hunting :)

marcia said...

very nice work

Heart of Rachel said...

Thank you for being the first one to visit my photo hunt today.

I admire the beautiful details on the doors. It's a reflection of skill, devotion and hard work.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Beautiful. I want doors like that. Thanks for showing them to us.

texas_sweetie said...

surely a beautiful piece of art.nice job for this week's theme

I have a wooden Harley Davidson motorcycle you should check it out too

Wooden Harley Davidson motorcycle

Utah Mommy said...

Wow very beautiful shots you got here, amazing carver of doing those carved wooden stuffs. Happy weekend!
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A Simple Life said...

The carving is so detailed. Great piece. happy weekend.

mommy's little corner said...

Excellent choice! They're beautiful.

Sammawow said...

Great choice - what beautiful carved doors!

PastorMac's Ann said...

Oh wow, theses are so cool!! I think you photographed them beautifully. These are great picks for The Hunt.

Josie said...

JMB, aren't those doors magnificent? I took the Munchkins to the Museum of Anthropology last summer and we saw the doors. The museum is one of my favorite places in Vancouver. I think your photographs showed them quite well.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I love these carvings.

Sabine said...

Beautiful wooden carvings and great photos of them!
Wishing you a happy weekend!

Tokenhippygirl said...

Those doors are really beautiful! Happy hunting!

pelfy said...

These are beautiful carved wooden doors. Beautiful (=

Jessica said...

The doors are so beautifully carved! Excellent choice for the theme this week!

Dragonstar said...

Beautiful doors! Beautiful glowing gleaming wood!
Did I say beautiful? They're beautiful!

ian said...

great photos! that sun is particularly fascinating. good thing your city values highly your cultural heritage =] that surely contributes to its liveability =]

KISSEDALOTATOADS said...

What beautiful carvings! Great choice for this week. Have a wonderful week.

andrée said...

Another raven legend! I am so interested in them and how they relate to the actual behavior of raven (long story!). the doors are beautiful.

starnitesky said...

Beautiful doors, good choice for wooden.

Liz said...

Fabulous doors! Brilliant carving. Great art and practical (though very large!) too.

Donnetta Lee said...

Hi, JMB: What beautiful pieces. I am into antiques a bit and lovely wood pieces. These are wonderful.
Donnetta

Love Bears All Things said...

This was a good choice and yes it was fairly easy as Photo hunts go, afterall we could always just show a tree. I enjoyed all the various takes on the theme.
I think the village is used for educational purposes. I didn't see any signs indicating this but I was only there briefly.
Our anniversary was the 10th. Congrats on your 47 years!
Mama Bear

Sarge Charlie said...

Excellent post, Thanks for stopping by my place last week while I was unable to comment I wish to express gratitude for those kind enough to visit and comment.