Hawk Sun Mask
Northwest Coastal Carving
21 x 21 x 7.5 inches (L x W x D)
Gary Rice - Hawk Sun.
(21" H x 21" W x 7 1/2" D)
Available on our website. See link above.
Gary Rice was born June 30, 1939 in a fishing village in Rivers Inlet on the central coast of British Columbia. Mr. Rice is a member of the Coast Salish Nation. He was raised as a commercial fisherman and logger.
After injuries forced him to give up manual labor in the mid 1970s, he began to seriously investigate the traditional arts of his native heritage and wood carving has been his occupation ever since.
He finds satisfaction in carrying on the traditions of his ancestors and is a patient and dedicated carver. Gary is adept at various forms including screens, masks, bowls, paddles, and totem poles.
Sun, to the people of the Northwest Coast, is a symbol of life. It is not an extremely common crest, except amongst the Kwakwaka’wakw.
Sun is depicted within the art as a circle with protruding rays. It is commonly depicted as masculine; however, sun is occasionally displayed as female.