Carved Cup - Stan Hill
Stanley R. Hill (1921 - 2003) Mohawk Nation, Turtle Clan is an internationally exhibited Iroquois sculptor from Six Nations, Ontario. His sculptures are in the permanent collection of several widely recognized museums including the Iroquois Museum, Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa, Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, Rochester Museum and Science Center, and Bolle Museum in France.Stanley Hill discovered his artistic talents when he retired in 1975 from a career as a structural steelworker. Often he represents animals, birds, or wampum belts in his sculpture, and experiments with representing the human face. As a bone sculptor, he sees a link between himself and his forefathers who carved handsome combs and figures as well as household articles from bone.
This cup is intricately carved to detail the symbol of the Iroquois Confederacy as depicted in the Hiawatha Wampum Belt plus two human images. It is carved from the base of an antler, most likely moose. Each "wampum bead" is delicately carved and either left the natural color of the antler or dyed to represent the purple "wampum beads". It is signed and dated 1995.
This item is approximately 1.5 inches wide and 1.5 inches tall.