This is another version of Raven a little smaller than the transforming Raven. This one is all Raven, he shows no human parts and is split so you see both halves of him on the bracelet. This is a very common practice in North West Coast art, in order to decorate a round surface you split the animal, in this case Raven, from nose to tail or from tail to nose and wrap each half of it around the object, in our case a bracelet. When most people see a bracelet designed this way their first thought is “two Ravens”, but in reality you are seeing both sides if a single raven at the same time! Most bracelets are designed this way, although we do some where the animal is shown in profile and wraps all the way around the wrist.
When I was a kid growing up in the bush I spent a lot of time with the ravens, and can tell lots of Raven stories, most from my own observations. One thing about ravens is that they each have a personality, and sometimes you meet one that has had more experience with humans, or is just smarter than the average raven, and knows how to get people to do things. This is one of those ravens! Janet has given him the title “Sassy Raven” and he is!
Hand carved sterling silver bracelet by Owen Walker 1 inch wide
D 26 Price $500.00