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Lot 0068B
Native American, Pacific Northwest, probably Haida or Tlingit, ca. 20th century CE. A beautiful, hand-carved wooden totem pole featuring the characteristic stacked animals that are such a charming and fantastical feature of art from this region. Carved from a reddish wood, probably cedar, and brightly painted on all but one side, the pole depicts a squatting raven standing atop the posterior end of an upside-down lizard. Bright-orange and olive-green pigment vividly complement the burgundy-hued wood, making this a wonderfully-colored example. The animals nest against one another, with the abstract details of one flowing into the next. Each figure displays nice details, like the textured wings of the bird and the sinuous, ribbed body of the lizard. Size: 10.9" H (27.7 cm).

Provenance: private Orange County, California, USA collection, acquired before 2000

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Age-commensurate surface wear, small chip to top of bird head, and minor fading and abrasions to pigmentation, otherwise intact and excellent. Nice earthen deposits throughout.

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20th C. Northwest Coast Haida / Tlingit Wood Totem Pole

Estimate $600 - $800Mar 1, 2018
Louisville, CO, USA