Northwest Coast Haida Indian Carved and Painted Cedar Wood Model of a Totem
Northwest Coast Haida Indian Carved and Painted Cedar Wood Model of a Totem

Northwest Coast Haida Indian Carved and Painted Cedar Wood Model of a Totem

1800 to 2000 Northwest Coast United States

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A Northwest Coast Haida Indian Carved and Painted Cedar Wood Model of a Totem Pole Depicting a Winged Raven and Crouching Bear
Circa 1890 – 1910

Size: 35cm high, 26cm wide, 6.5cm deep – 13¾ ins high, 10¼ ins wide, 2½ ins deep
Provenance: Taken in the first half 20th Century by a family from British Columbia to Sri Lanka where they settled and grew tea.
Sold by the descendants to an art dealer in Kandy
Animal symbolism played an important part in Northwest coast art and almost all the creatures depicted were subject to a degree of abstraction whereby certain characteristics were retained and accentuated whilst others were reduced or omitted altogether. It was thought that his helped portray their supernatural nature and force especially on objects of ritual significance.
Northwest coast Indian artefacts were firmly entrenched in a thriving and competitive commercial market by the early 1880's. Many of the established 'curio shops', such as those in Victoria in British Columbia began to sell alongside their antique ethnographica, craftworks made by the Northwest coast Indians such as model canoes, boats, houses and totem poles to satisfy an increasing demand by visitors for souvenirs.
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Wood and Polychrome
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