North America, Pacific Northwest, probably Haida people, ca. 20th century CE. A small black argillite totem carved with Raven atop Bear and on a flat base. Argillite is a fine grained sedimentary rock that is essentially a rock made of mud and ooze; they often have a smooth appearance like this one. In the 19th century, the Haida people began to carve this material as a trade good with visiting Europeans. This particular example is carved as a totem, with the two animals stacked atop each other and flowing into each other through the use of similar carved forms and motifs. Size: 1.2" L x 1.5" W x 5.2" H (3 cm x 3.8 cm x 13.2 cm)
Provenance: Ex-Private LA County collection
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