"New" Ovoid

"New" Ovoid

"New" Ovoid, cedar, operculum shells of the turban snail, abalone inset, 15 X 18 inches, 1 1/2 inches thick. The traditional ovoid shape in Northwest Coast-style art has regulated curves and rounded corners and is in itself the single most characteristic and unique shape in the art styles of the area. I have occasionally called this one a "Matisse" ovoid because of its much freer form both at its corners and in the intentional irregularity of its overall shape. It is a favorite and is particularly valuable for its inset of 48 small operculum shells as the small ones are more difficult to obtain in the wild and of course have each been carefully inset, jewell-like, into carved hollows. “New” Ovoid is just that, a playful reordering of a classic shape.