**Originally Listed at $150**
Native American, Pacific Northwest coast, northern British Columbia, Canada, Haida, 1989 CE. Signed and dated, "'89 by Glen Pollam" on the verso, a finely carved black argillite pendant depicting an eagle in profile with finely incised details. The eagle was known as the "master of the skies" and the mighty raptor was a figure of great significance in Northwestern cosmology. The eagle sent messages and prayers to the Creator, and if an eagle was seen during a prayer session, it was taken as a sign that a prayer had been accepted. Eagle feathers remain sacred symbols of prayer. Pierced at top for suspension. Size: 1.375" W x 1.875" H (3.5 cm x 4.8 cm)
Argillite is a fine grained sedimentary rock that is essentially a slate-like rock with a smooth appearance like this one. In the 19th century, the Haida people began to carve this material to create trade goods for visiting Europeans and Americans, because of the decline of their traditional fishing economy. Items like this one served as a way to show their artistic merit and introduce some of their iconography to the outside world.
Provenance: private Orange County, California, USA collection, acquired before 2000
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