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Glass spindle whorl (part a) with convex glass that is etched on both sides. The central image is the moon depicted with two ravens below in mirror image. The moon is large, with a human-like face, and the mouth echoes the central hole of the spindle whorl. There are five crescents around the moon's face, with three more within the brow. The ravens' wings(?) extend up and around the exterior of the design. The spindle (parts b-c), is composed of two cone shaped pieces of brushed steel, which screw together at the centre. (The whorl has a wood and copper wall mount; the spindle and whorl together have a stone and steel table mount.)

Iconographic Meaning

Raven is one of the primary crest figures revered in northwest coast mythology as the creator. Not only did he create the universe but the moon and the stars as well. The moon is an important element to the Salish people in that it guides the changing of the seasons and impacts the timing of feasts.

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