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All Items : Archives : Fine Art : Prints : Lithographs : Pre 1980 item #413681
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This gorgeous large piece of Native American art was purchased personally from Michael almost 30 years ago. Number 51 from a run of only 69, it's accompanied by a five-page poem, dated Nov. 1977 and also signed. The poem, like the print, retells a Laguna-Acoma Pueblo Keresan legend. He often wrote descriptions of the subject matter on the backs of his paintings, but inclusion of a limited-edition printed poem is rare. Also unusual is that his typical signature J. Bear is amplified here to J. Michael Bear.

Born James Byrnes in 1933, Michael was a Canadian Sioux and Laguna-Acoma Pueblo Indian who described himself as "raised more Pueblo than Plains" and based most of his work on Pueblo ceremonies and stories, particularly those of the Kachinas (spiritual beings who descended from the heavens to teach tribal religion and the essential survival skills of hunting, fishing, making tools and planting crops). His art is represented in all major Native American collections, both private and public, won many awards and was featured in one-man shows at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, the Museum of the American Indian in NYC, Chicago's Field Museum and the Museum of New Mexico in Santa Fe. Values have naturally begun rising considerably since his death in 1998. Just a tiny bear fetish he decorated in 1966 is offered elsewhere online for $495.

Framed, this colorful and highly detailed print measures 30 1/2" x 23" and has a pocket on the back to hold the poem. Condition is excellent, with only tiny paint losses on some of the black frame's edges. The image shows Star Boy, Cloud Person and a skyful of other kachinas bringing joy to a feast day observance at Acoma Pueblo (termed in the poem, White Cliff House City in the Sky). Sorry about the glare in the photograph; it's due to the glass.

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All Items : Archives : Fine Art : Prints : Lithographs : Pre 1920 item #308252
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A charming medievalist image dated to the Edwardian era, this circa 1914 illustration - "Dies Irae" by Maxfield Parrish - was based upon a hymn from the Middle Ages, later featured in Sir Walter Scott's "The Lay of the Last Minstrel." Probably composed by Thomas of Celano, who lived in the 13th century, the hymn referred to the Last Judgment: "Dies irae, dies illa, Solvet saeclum in favilla, Teste David cum Sibylla." Translated, this means: "On that day, that wrathful day, David and the Sibyl say, Heaven and earth shall melt away."

The print comes from a specialist dealer in Lincolnshire and is in great condition. We've framed this one in giltwood to the size of 7 1/4" x 9 1/4".

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