Haida Beaver Drum
Medium:Embossed and silver-stamped reproduction of a drawing.
Height: 7.25 in;14 in
Width: 5.5 in;11 in
Note: Mat dimensions
A silver-embossed beaver crest.
Building upon the broad range of his expression, Bill Reid translated his original designs of animal crests into limited editions silk screen or woodcut prints and drawings. This is a reproduction of one of those drawings. Typical of Beaver design representations are his big incisors, a stick held in its fore feet, and a scaly tail. Here a bird's head with humanoid features represents the tail, situated between the Beaver's ears, an allusion to the transformation from Beaver to human in Haida Mythology.