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dish / Totemic eye
Haida Indian Tribe (Queen Charlotte Island)
North America: Canada, British Columbia, Queen Charlotte Islands (Haida Gwaii)
Early 20th c.
basalt; mother-of-pearl; abalone
overall: 340 mm

Pointed oval black basalt (or argilite?) dish/tray with tapering pointed ends. Carved with three-dimensional central fish motif (a salmon?), flanked on either side by a two-dimensional eagle with spread wings, and four eyes, one set into each of the wings. Inlaid with mother of pearl or abalone.


BOA Purchase, 1936

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