Moon masks of the First Nation people
Throughout the world, the moon was a mystery to people living in historic times. It would wax and wane—then disappear completely. The First Nation people in North America felt an intimate connection with the moon and tried to capture its symbolism in their ceremonial masks. In British Columbia, the Coast Salish people carved its powerful images into wood. These ancient expressions are now emerging as a popular art form. The masks created today are modern products, but they preserve the vision established by our ancestors centuries ago. They are also a bridge to the spiritual world with a power which transcends time.
The coin shows the image of the moon inspired by the moon masks of the Salish people of British Columbia. For these people, the moon is the grandfather, the protector and guardian of the Earth by night. It brightens in the darkness to allow them to hunt and fish in the twilight. This coin includes an image of red cedar mask carved by Canadian artist Jody Broomfield of the Squamish Nation. Painted areas of the mask are recreated by enamel effects for heightened visual impact. This is superb craftsmanship in 14 karat gold.
- Motive – Summer Moon Mask
- Superb craftsmanship in 14 karat gold.
- Coin is stunningly enhanced with red and black enamel
- Remarkably exclusive, with the mintage restricted to a mere 1.200 coins!
- Inspired by an original red cedar mask carved by Canadian artist Jody Broomfield of the Squamish Nation
- Coin comes in a maroon clamshell case lined with flock and protected by a black sleeve. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.