Shawn Athari

Contemporary Glass Artist

Aleutian Oars

Origin: The Bering Strait. In the North, the painting of designs on wood was done most frequently on paddles. During the nineteenth century a variety of geometric and symbolic designs abounded. At this time the natives went from just red white and black colors to painting these oars in vivd colors. In 1891 at Cape Prince of Whales the teachers saw the first skin boat go out into the strait to hunt whales. Boxed in 24x60x3 1/2 Lucite box. Wired to hang vertical or horizontal. Colors done to compliment each other, and you.

I am constantly surprised on the popularity of these glass oars. I think the appeal is because these look great vertical on a long wall or over a fireplace, etc. They also look wonderful over a couch or large wall place horizontally. The multitude of colors fits into every decor and the colors change as the day gets long. They are so beautiful and get lots of attention.