plate in the form of an eagle

 
Culture
Haida people
Creation date
Materials
argillite (black slate)
Dimensions
2 3/8 x 10 1/4 x 14 1/4 in.
Credit line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J.W.Alsdorf
Accession number
62.208
Collection
Currently On View In
Michael and Patricia McCrory & Richard and Rebecca Feldman Gallery - K214

Carving in argillite stone is "tourist" art, and has been for over a century.

Although argillite carvings are made for outsiders, their subject matter derives from traditional sources, for example, a totemic eagle.

Argillite is soft when first mined and can be carved easily.

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