Raven-finned Killer Whale by Robert DavidsonRaven-finned Killer Whale by Robert Davidson
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Raven-finned Killer Whale

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From Haida Printmaker, Hilary Stewart "Another example of motif contained within a specific shape is this long, slender whale print. Davidson was commissioned ton make a silver letter opener for an anniversary gift, and for it created a design compatible with the object. On one side he carved away the negative areas, using cross-hatching for the same areas on the reverse. The tall dorsal fin of the whale, which resembled a raven head, formed the handle of the letter opener, and the blade carried the pectoral fin and one half of the tail flukes. Because of a suggestion that there was a need for inexpensive silkscreen reproductions of his work, he enlarged the whale design and printed 300. They were not a signed edition and sold for a low price."

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Location Canada
Region Northwest Coast
Artist Robert Davidson
NWC Nation N/A
Date Created 1975
Dimensions 7" x 21"
Materials & Edition 300 printed

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