Object photography

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Object description

  • Haida artist
  • Carving, mid-late 19th century
  • Argillite, wax
  • Northwest Coast, North America
  • H: 7 1/2 in, W: 11 1/8 in, D: 3 in (H: 19.0 cm, W: 28.3 cm, D: 7.6 cm)
  • Gift of anonymous, 1914
  • E15973


This argillite carving depicts stylized forms representing animal and human figures. The most recognizable animal figures are bears, who are depicted devouring other creatures. One of the figures is a shaman holding a mask of a human face in his right hand, and wearing a skirt. Many of the creatures are interconnected and found morphing into other creatures. One of the figures in the center has another small creature crawling out of its eye socket.The piece is three dimensional, depicting a different scene on each side. Previously attributed to artist Charles Edenshaw by curator Wilson Duff. Needs to be reevaluated.

Exhibition History

  • Power and Beauty: A New Native American Art Gallery at the Peabody Essex Museum, Peabody Essex Museum; 2003 through 2005