Hopi Snake Dance Woodcarving by Cecil Wakefield c.1965
Cecil Wakefield continues to receive accolades, twelve years after his passing. This woodcarved Snake Dancer is one reason, amplifying the significant loss of Wakefield's expertise and massive talent. Realizing the figure was carved from a single piece of wood is mindboggling. The snake is an accouterment but the incredible head bouquet is dozens of woodcarved feathers. Wakefield knew anatomy, and motion. The figure seems frozen in time, in a time honored pose of an actual Hopi Snake Dancer. Wakefield masterfully included silver jewelry carved to lay naturally. Folds in the skirt flow, as though cloth. A global exam will reveal many such details. A masterpiece by the finest woodcarver of his generation, Cecil Wakefield. MINT ten to twelve inch size range. . . c'mon, you know you want it . . .