Pendant - Copper Shaped Eagle (Sterling Silver With Garnet)
Artist: Chris Cook
This outstanding sterling silver Copper shaped Eagle pendant is hand carved and crafted by Kwakwaka'wakw First Nation artist Chis Cook III. The eye of the Eagle is presented with semi-precious stone Garnet.
Eagle is a symbol of peace and friendship. They are loyal animals full of lasting lover and dedication.
The Copper symbolizes wealth. Each copper has its own name, history and value.
Coppers were used along the Northwest Pacific Coast. They were originally made from native copper, or placer copper, which was obtained from Alaska and the Nass River. After contact with Europeans, coppers were made from smelted copper which was considered inferior.
Sometimes a Chief would break a copper to show that he was so wealthy that he could afford to damage such a valuable object. The value of a copper rises each time the copper changes hands. The purchase of a copper, its sale or destruction, are all events that occur at a potlatch.
Garnets are commonly believed to aid in the healing of broken bonds of love.
1 3/4" Wide