It is most likely of Haida origin. The head is, I believe, likely to represent that of a seal, with the jaws parted to reveal two sets of teeth, the nostrils flared and the eyes wide open in typical Northwest Coast manner. The strong skeletal design suggests shamanic properties and perhaps a link to its' purpose, that of killing a fish or seal.
As it is carved from cedar which is not as heavy as the more commonly used yew wood it is also possible that this club had a ceremonial function. It has a very good patina and is in excellent condition and would make a superb addition to a collection of Northwest Coast sculpture. It has a great patina as I have said but the flash I used makes it seem a little more glossy than it actually is in some of the photos so I have also taken some photos of it on the window ledge without flash.The previous owner in the U. Said that it was formerly in the Seattle Aquarium's Native American display.
It is about 19.75 / 50cms long. More than just a pretty picture. For your peace of mind and mine items will be sent fully insured. PLEASE be a little patient with the post - I will get them posted asap but I work on my own, have a large amount to post and I do pack carefully.
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World Zone 2 Australia & Asia etc. The item "STUNNING ANTIQUE NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN NORTHWEST COAST HAIDA WOODEN TRIBAL CLUB" is in sale since Thursday, April 28, 2016. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic Antiques\Native American". The seller is "robs268" and is located in Bungay.This item can be shipped worldwide.