Large Bentwood Box depicting Eagle by Larry Rosso (1944-2006), Carrier
Large Bentwood Box depicting Eagle by Larry Rosso (1944-2006), Carrier First Nation steamed and bent red cedar, pigment, operculum shell insets
25.75" high x 20" wide x 20" deep
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Traditionally bentwood boxes were made in all sizes, and were used to store food, clothing, and many household and ceremonial items. Some were painted and others were elaborately carved, but the majority were left undecorated. Contemporary artists have revived the art of making bentwood boxes.
This incredible bentwood box demonstrates the remarkable carpentry and artistry of the artist. The sides are made from a single plank of cedar; it was bevelled or kerfed to allow the four sides to be bent into a box shape. After careful shaping of the plank, it was then steamed, bent and finished with wooden pegs. The base was prepared so that the edges fitted snugly into the bottom, creating a watertight box.
Larry Rosso (1944-2006) was taught to carve by Kwakwaka’wakw First Nation carver Doug Cranmer, and was influenced by Kwakwaka’wakw First nation carvers Lloyd Wadhams Sr. and Amos Dawson.
In 1987, he worked with Robert Davidson on a house front project, and continued a three-year apprenticeship with him. Larry's carvings were often re-creations of Carrier designs and artifacts from the Hazelton area. His graphic designs were influenced by Kwakwaka'wakw traditions. His work consisted of carving feast bowls, coffee tables, bent boxes, wall panels, and masks, as well as original oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings.
In 1976, Larry opened Northwest Coast Screencrafts Ltd., and specialized in printing limited edition serigraphs for Roy Henry Vickers, Robert Davidson, and a number of other artists. Larry passed away in 2006.