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Artist / Maker : Edenshaw, Jaalen
Title : Box of Treasures
Date (Execution) : 2006
Geographical Origin : Masset, British Columbia, Canada
Cultural Group : Haida
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Box with internal figures in Northwest coast formline. Black, red and white in colour.
Accession # : U014.3.163
Width (cm) : 55.50
Height (cm) : 36.50
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "This print is a rendition of a bent wood box frontal design. The box design represents the under-sea chief of wealth. He is said to represent himself as a house coming out of the ocean. When someones is lucky enough to witness his surfacing they will be bestowed with good luck. The bent wood storage boxes were used to store a variety of objects from fishing gear, dired foods, and oulachen grease to the most valuable and prized objects owned by the families. Because the boxes would be traded amongst the Haida and to other trading nations the design is not owned by any particular clan or family. The owner of the box would use it for the appropriate goods depending on the intricacies and beauty of the box. If the box was of the highest quality it could even be named at a potlatch. Some boxes that were particularly designed and used to store the most valuable of objects would be passed down from generation to generation as heirlooms. The traditional box design, in its many forms, represent some of the more technically challenging and visually beautiful examples of Haida art. I designed this print to test and gauge my own technical skills as an artist and to share with the viewer. I called it 'Box of Treasures' because of the intangible treasures that one generation stores away in order to pass it on to future generations." -J.E