Object photography

View of the artwork on display in 'Intersections: Native American Art in a New Light'; Peabody Essex Museum; 2006 through 2012.
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On View Wheatland Family Gallery, level 2

Object description

  • Attributed to Tom Price, Chief Ninstints (Haida)
  • Sea wolf platter, 1888
  • Argillite, ivory
  • Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), British Columbia, Canada
  • L: 15 in, W: 10 3/4 in, D: 1 3/4 in (L: 38.1 cm, W: 27.3 cm, D: 4.4 cm)
  • Museum Purchase, 1954
  • E31728
  • Exemplifies argillite carvings made as export art
  • Depicts Wasco, a Haida sea monster

Like many other Haida artists, Chief Tom Price sold carvings of argillite (a heavy, clay-based stone) to traders and sailors during the 19th -century sea-otter fur trade. This platter features the sea monster Wasco, who is half wolf and half killer whale. Price makes the figure stand out, by muting the background with cross-hatching.