Very finely carved vintage Tlingit Indian 4-figure model totem pole. The figures are Thunderbird with closed wings, Bear, Seal, and Bear. The carving is beautiful and has a very distinct carver style. This piece measures 19-1/2 inches total height.It measures 1-1/2 inches wide X 2 inches deep at the deepest points. The totem itself excluding the base measures 18 inches high, and the base on its own measures 1-1/2 inches high. The base measures about 4 inches wide X 3-1/2 inches deep. The totem is carved out of red cedar and the wood has a beautiful, even old patina which you can see well in the detail pictures. There is one very old and stable repair near the bottom of the pole, right near the back of its right hand side. You can see that a nail was nailed in to stabilize a split, and the repair is old and very stable. The nail is old and still very solidly attached. The split caused a thin sliver of wood to come off on the back at the bottom and this is not at all obvious or obtrusive, since it is a only a sliver, also on the back of the piece, and was in-filled black to match the original coloration of the back of the piece.
This blemis is so minor that it is hardly worth mentioning, but I like to go over pieces with a fine-tooth comb and report anything I can find on these old pieces. Looking at both the totem pole and its base, I would personally judge the base itself to be later than the totem. That being said, the base itself also clearly has age to it. My own personal guess on the age of this item would be circa 1920s for the totem itself and late 50s / early 60s for the base. This is a wonderful old piece in very nice vintage condition.We will pack it with care for the trip to your home. Don't hesitate to ask any questions, an informed customer is our best customer! Payments using a non-confirmed address will be accepted at the sellers discretion. You will need to find and print out the forms, we do not do this for you. If you need help you can call the Board of Equalization and they will guide you through their website. Just one of inkFrog's. The item "TALL TLINGIT TOTEM POLE, NORTHWEST COAST INDIAN, FINELY CARVED, BEAUTIFUL PATINA" is in sale since Sunday, April 23, 2017. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Canada\ Aboriginal". The seller is "moderndays" and is located in San Francisco, California. This item can be shipped to United States, all countries in Europe, Canada, Japan, Australia.