The totem features great well carved imagery featuring a diving killer whale and a seated bear at the bottom. The totem stands 4 " tall with a rectangular base measuring 1 3/4" x 1 3/3 and is is in excellent condition for its age with no damages or repairs. Inscribed faintly to the back " carved by Arthur Moody" and possibly a date but it is hard to make out might be 1932. Arthur Moody came from a the wolf clan of the Tanu and was from a long lineage of carvers.The totem is fully guaranteed to be 100 % real argillite, hand carved and old. Argillite is the slate black rock that is only found in the Queen Charlotte Islands of British Columbia and all known reserves are the sole and closely guarded property of the Haida tribe. This museum quality totem will make a great display item and a fine addition to anyone's collection.
Please check out the other argillite totem we have listed by his son Rufus Moody. Please check out other current offerings including a great Tlingit and Kwakiutl totem poles , Salish and Makah baskets and some great early Inuit carvings.
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The item "FINE AUTHENTIC OLD NORTHWEST COAST HAIDA ARGILLITE TOTEM ARTHUR MOODY Circa 1930" is in sale since Monday, April 25, 2016. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Canada\ Aboriginal". The seller is "richmojoe" and is located in Northwest Coast. This item can be shipped worldwide.