This is Not a Shiled - Large
This shield explores the Native understanding of the duality of extremes, and its name is an expression of opposites. The lightning, hail, dragonflies, elk, and buffalo are all symbols used with Lakota heyoka (clowns).
In the Native tradition, clowns are considered creator gods, because they allow people to see through their funny or grotesque presentation to a larger truth. With the heyoka, who speak backward, defy norms, and throw expectations to the wind, God becomes more visible. In the process, people are encouraged into deeper and deeper contemplation.
DetailsThis is Not a Shield is available in cast bronze, with a choice of two patinas, “black & white” (above) and “green” (left).
Also, it comes in two sizes, large, four feet in diameter; and small, roughly half that.
Bronze, 47 inches diameter