Historic

86 items

Sculpin Argillite Platter
Artist Unknown (Haida)

Measurements do not include stand.Killer Whales are widely considered clan ancestors. Living in h...

Measurements do not include stand.Killer Whales are widely considered clan ancestors. Living in human form in undersea villages, killer whales are often thought to be the reincarnations of great chiefs and are associated with wealth, unity and travel. Some prominent characteristic traits of Killer Whale are a rounded snout, blowhole, a dorsal fin, pectoral fins and a tail.

$9,000.00

Eagle and Bear Family Totem
Artist Unknown (Haida)

Eagle is one of the most important beings in the art and mythology of the Northwest Coast. It is ...

Eagle is one of the most important beings in the art and mythology of the Northwest Coast. It is respected for its intel­ligence and power, as well as its extraordinary vision, in both the literal and figurative senses. Eagles in myth are, likewise, usu­ally noble characters. Eagle is revered as a powerful hunter. Groups of mythical Eagles may gather for co-operative whale hunting expeditions, since, unlike the giant Thunderbird, Eagle is not strong enough to hunt whales alone. Eagle may ofte...

$7,000.00

Argillite Panel Pipe
Artist Unknown (Haida)

c. 1850The history and tradition of argillite carving can be seen through the individual reflecti...

c. 1850The history and tradition of argillite carving can be seen through the individual reflection of each piece. The Haida word for argillite is Kwawhlhal. Argillite is a type of rock that is transitional between slate and shale. Only found on the Islands of Haida Gwaii at the Slatechuck site, located near Skidegate Inlet. Slatechuck is a five-kilometer hike from the inlet and is owned and controlled by the Haida people “Chuck” is the Chinook Jargon word for water, “saltchuck” means salty w...

$28,000.00

Figural Group
Artist Unknown (Haida)

c. 1880sThis figural group is populated by various animals and beings from Haida cosmology. At on...

c. 1880sThis figural group is populated by various animals and beings from Haida cosmology. At one side facing forward, we see a figure that appears to be Dogfish Mother, recognized by the labret in her lower lip and the gills above her head. She also appears to have a dorsal fin that falls to her side. She holds fast to what could be the dorsal fin of a transforming being, such as a Killer Whale, which rests between her feet. Directly behind the primary figure is Raven with a Frog clutched i...

$30,000.00

Historic Multi-Figure Pipe
Artist Unknown (Haida)

The history and tradition of argillite carving can be seen through the individual reflection of e...

The history and tradition of argillite carving can be seen through the individual reflection of each piece. The Haida word for argillite is Kwawhlhal. Argillite is a type of rock that is transitional between slate and shale. The quarry for Haida argillite is found on the Islands of Haida Gwaii at the Slatechuck site, located near Skidegate Inlet.Following contact with European traders, argillite carving evolved into a major trade activity. Depending upon the preference of the artist, argillit...

$9,000.00

Mountain Goat Horn Spoon
Artist Unknown (Tlingit)

c. 1890Killer Whales are widely considered clan ancestors. Living in human form in undersea vill...

c. 1890Killer Whales are widely considered clan ancestors. Living in human form in undersea villages, killer whales are often thought to be the reincarnations of great chiefs and are associated with wealth, unity and travel. Some prominent characteristic traits of Killer Whale are a rounded snout, blowhole, a dorsal fin, pectoral fins and a tail.

$1,800.00

Feast Spoon
Artist Unknown (Northern Coastal)

This spoon is carved with a figure who holds a basket in one hand and a knife in the other. This ...

This spoon is carved with a figure who holds a basket in one hand and a knife in the other. This is unusual as most feast spoons are decorated with more common clan crests. It is rare to find a spoon with specific imagery like this. There are numerous styles of spoon-like objects used ceremonially on the Northwest Coast, the most common being made of goat horn, which are either entirely black or made with a combination of black horn for the handle and a lighter horn for the spoon.Along with f...

$3,200.00

Killer Whale Spoon
Artist Unknown (Northern Coastal)

The bowl of this spoon is carved on both the front and the back. This is unusual. Most feast spoo...

The bowl of this spoon is carved on both the front and the back. This is unusual. Most feast spoons have carved handles but the bowl is left untouched.Raven is central to coastal mythology. As a culture hero, a transformer, and a trickster, his adventures at the beginning of time released the sun and the moon and brought the world into existence. Raven is identified by its straight beak and lack of ears or plumage on the head.Killer Whales are widely considered clan ancestors. Living in human...

$2,000.00

Canoe Bowl
Artist Unknown (Kwakwaka'wakw)

$9,000.00

Raven Halibut Hook
Artist Unknown (Northern Coastal)

Raven is central to coastal mythology. As a culture hero, a transformer, and a trickster, his adv...

Raven is central to coastal mythology. As a culture hero, a transformer, and a trickster, his adventures at the beginning of time released the sun and the moon and brought the world into existence. Raven is identified by its straight beak and lack of ears or plumage on the head.

$3,800.00

Dance Whistle
Artist Unknown (Kwakwaka'wakw)

c. 1930This whistle is similar to those housed in the Museum of Anthropology at UBC in Vancouver....

c. 1930This whistle is similar to those housed in the Museum of Anthropology at UBC in Vancouver. For one example that is part of MOA's permanent collection click here.

$900.00

Alaska Basket
Artist Unknown (Tsimshian)

$1,600.00

Cedar Basket
Artist Unknown (Tsimshian)

$800.00

Tlingit Basket
Artist Unknown (Tlingit)

$1,600.00

Salish Basket
Artist Unknown (Salish)

$1,500.00

Basket
Artist Unknown (Salish)

c. 1930Traditionally an art practiced only by women, in the past baskets were made for a wide var...

c. 1930Traditionally an art practiced only by women, in the past baskets were made for a wide variety of domestic uses associated with the gathering, storing and cooking of different foods. Similar weaving techniques were also used to make cradles and hats for everyday and ceremonial uses.Most basketry is traditionally woven from long, slender and pliant rootlets of cedar and sometimes spruce, although various grasses are used in some regions. A sharply pointed bone awl is used to split the r...

$900.00