This really is an incredible find! This is an impressive early model totem pole that I feel is either Kwakiutl or Tlingit, based upon the design elements incorporated into this particular piece. This particular totem stands 25-1/2 tall. It is in very good condition with a couple of minor "dings" to it, please see photos.
It also has a slight tilt to the right when you are facing it. This can easily be corrected with a very small piece of felt or cork underneath the base.
It's not bad, but it's there. It is carved out of handhewn cedar.This piece is not signed. From the patina on the wood I would date this piece at the late 1800s to the very early 1900s. The top of the totem bears the image of a Thunderbird. Below that is a bear that is holding a man and another man's face in between the bear's ears.
The bottom figure is that of a beaver. This really is a magnificent piece!This an exceptional example of an early vintage model totem pole that is becoming harder to find all the time. This piece would be an outstanding addition to any collection! Don't forget to take a look at our other sales for more unique items! The item "VINTAGE PACIFIC NORTHWEST COAST MODEL TOTEM POLE PROBABLY KWAKIUTL OR TLINGIT" is in sale since Thursday, April 05, 2018. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Native American".
The seller is "past_impressions" and is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This item can be shipped worldwide.