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1 3/8" DIA.
A matched pair with the moon, these designs were originally intended for earrings. The human figure in the “moon” is based on a rattle design which is part of a set of ritual artifacts collected by Marius Barbeau at the village of Gitlaxdamix on the Nass River. In my carving this "man in the moon" is holding a moon shaped rattle, but MacDonald suggests that the human figure may "represent a shaman flying through a round doorway (the sky door)..." which leads to the spirit world. The sun is a common crest figure on the coast, believed by the Nuxalk (Bella Coola) to control the destinies of all mortals according to McIlwraith’s The Bella Coola Indians.
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