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Fine Art Prints · Freda Diesing 1976 & 1977


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  • Hawk
  • Raven Holding The Sun
  • Haida Bear and Cubs
  • Killer Whale Design
  • Haida Sitting Eagle Crest

This artwork is a Second Edition Limited Edition Original run of only 300 copies of each print. Each print is signed in such a way that they hold the same value as the original editions. A certificate of authenticity, a biography of Freda Diesing, and an explanation of the artwork accompany each piece.

Hawk

Hawk

by Freda Diesing

Date: 1976
Print Size: 17.5" x 23"
1976H

Hawk is depicted less often than Raven, Eagle or Thunderbird, but does have a place in the spiritual world of the Northwest Coast People. Hawk with a recurved beak resembles the Thunderbird and in Haida art is used to represent Thunderbird. Unless a contemporary artist has given a work a title it is not always possible to distinguish the two. Freda Deising has given the human face in the wing joint female characteristics, perhaps to mirror herself as a female artist.

Second Edition Limited Edition Original

$695.00 CAD

Raven Holding The Sun

Raven Holding The Sun

by Freda Diesing

Date: 1976
Print Size: 17.5" x 23"
1976RHTS

Haida mythology credits Raven with creating the world. He put the sun, moon and stars into the sky, salmon in the rivers and food onto the land. Raven gave the people fire, placed the rivers, lakes and cedar trees. Full of magical power, Raven could transform himself into anything at anytime. Raven is a important totem figure and is one of the two main crests of the Haida. Raven is said to have stolen the sun from the Sky Cheif and set it in the sky.

Second Edition Limited Edition Original

$695.00 CAD

Haida Bear and Cubs

Haida Bear and Cubs

by Freda Diesing

Date: 1977
Print Size: 17.5" x 23"
1977HBAC

A well known Haida legend is that of a woman who was abducted by a Bear while berry picking. She married the Bear and subsequently gave birth to twin cubs. Because of its power and human-like qualities, the Bear, when killed, was brought to the Cheif's house and sprinkled with eagle down, a symbol of welcome and friendship, and generally treated as a highly valued guest. The West Coast people referred to the Bear as "elder kinsman".

Second Edition Limited Edition Original

$695.00 CAD

Killer Whale Design

Killer Whale Design

by Freda Diesing

Date: 1977
Print Size: 17.5" x 23"
1977KWD

Since ancient times, seafarers have held the whale in awe. Many legends have grown up around the whale. A widespread Westcoast People's belief was held that a whale could capture a canoe and drag it down to the underwater village of the whales. All those aboard would then be transformed into whales themselves. Haida believe that a whale appearing in front of a village is a drowned person coming back to communicate with the villagers.

Second Edition Limited Edition Original

$695.00 CAD

Haida Sitting Eagle Crest

Haida Sitting Eagle Crest

by Freda Diesing

Date: 1977
Print Size: 17.5" x 23"
1977HSE

Eagle is a symbol of power and prestige among many nations of the world including Haida. It is one of the two main crests of the Haida people and is in fact the crest of Freda Diesings family. Eagle down, as a symbol of peace and friendship, was sprinkled before guests in welcome dances. Eagle feathers were used in rituals and worn on Masks and Headdresses.

Second Edition Limited Edition Original

$695.00 CAD