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Native American, Pacific Northwest Coast (USA and Canada), ca. early 20th century CE. A gorgeous and finely-detailed club, hand-carved from a single piece of hard wood, used for clubbing fish once fisherman have extracted them from the water. The club has a lengthy, multi-lobed handle with a bulb-shaped tip that gradually expands towards the head of a stylized beaver. The beaver is one of the most common zoomorphic themes in Northwest Coast wood carvings. This example is comprised of almond-shaped eyes, retracted arms and legs, a broad cross-hatched tail, an arching brow line, and characteristically-large teeth. In the Northwest, the beaver is regarded as strong-willed and determined as well as a builder, dreamer, protector, and overseer. The club is covered in a lustrous espresso-hued patina, making it an attractive utilitarian tool! Custom museum-quality display stand included. Size: 17.5" H (44.4 cm); 19.5" H (49.5 cm) on included custom stand.

Provenance: private Newport Beach, California, USA collection

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Age-commensurate surface wear and abrasions, fading to some carved details, and light discoloration, otherwise intact and excellent. Light earthen deposits within some recessed areas. Old inventory label on handle.

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Early 20th C. Pacific Northwest Fish Club w/ Beaver

Estimate $900 - $1,200May 24, 2018