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These reproduction pieces are moulded from casts of original argillite Haida carvings. Where indicated, these items are licensed reproducutions from the Canadian Museum of History. Argillite is a soft slate found only on Haida Gwaii, (the Queen Charlotte Islands) and was first quarried in the 1820's on Slatechuck Mountain. When quarrying began, the sea otter trade, which supported many of the people of Haida Gwaii, was in decline. The Haida turned to carving instead, fashioning argillite into objects which quickly became prized collectibles around the world. This collection is made of a solid composite of crushed marble designed to simulate argillite. MADE IN CANADA

   

Sea Wolf Sculpture
4.75" / 12 cm
CMH licensed reproduction Haida Gwaii collection pole 5"" Canadian Made
Fine museum reproduction of the Canadian Museum of History Haida Gwaii collection. Carved by Ed Russ in 1997 this Sea Wolf stands 4 1/4"". This piece comes with an authenticating decal.

 

$58.00
   

 

   
Killer Whale
2.5"  /  6.5 cm
CMH licensed reproduction Haida Gwaii collection pole 3"" Canadian Made
Fine museum reproduction of the Canadian Museum of History Haida Gwaii collection. Carved by Pat Dixon in 1997 this Killer Whale stands 3"" tall. This piece comes with an authenticating decal.

 

$38.00
 

 

     
Beaver Bowl
11" / 27.5 cm
CMH licensed reproduction Haida argillite Beaver bowl, 11 inches. Canadian Made
This bowl is a licensed reproduction of an original Haida argillite bowl (1885) from the Canadian Museum of History's collection. The bottom of the bowl has an embedded authenticating medallion.

 

$139.00
       

 

Frog Bowl
5.5" / 13.75 cm
CMH licensed reproduction Haida argillite Frog bowl 5 1/2 inches Canadian Made
Fine museum reproduction of the Canadian Museum of History Haida Gwaii collection. The Frog was often used as a guardian symbol because of his tendency to croak a warning when anything approached. He also was credited with the ability to draw out evil supernatural powers with his tongue.

 

$58.00
   

 

   
Frog Bowl
4" / 10 cm
CMH licensed reproduction Haida argillite Frog bowl 4inches. Canadian Made
Fine museum reproduction of the Canadian Museum of History Haida Gwaii collection. The Frog was often used as a guardian symbol because of his tendency to croak a warning when anything approached. He also was credited with the ability to draw out evil supernatural powers with his tongue.

 

$49.00
       
Clamshell Box (Large)
16"x12"x7"
CMH licensed reproduction of Haida argillite box, Clam Shell Box, Canadian Made
Reproduced under license from the Canadian Museum of History, this box was originally carved by the great Haida artist John Robson, stepfather of the legendary Charles Edenshaw. It is a fine example of the type of Victorian chest that the Haida specialized in during the latter part of the 18th century. Made of a crushed black marble composite to simulate argillite this box has an embedded pewter medallion to authenticate the museum reproduction.

 

$675.00
   

 

   
Chess Pieces
pieces range from 2 1/4" to 3 1/4"
CMH licensed reproduction Haida Gwaii collection complete chess set, board optional, Canadian Made
Fine museum reproduction of the Canadian Museum of History Haida Gwaii collection. Carved by Christian White in 1997 this Chess Set. In creating the set, Christian M. White spent a great deal of time reflecting on how to portray the Haida culture within chess traditions. His inspiration came from the seven main figures of Haida mythology. As a game of chess has only six characters, the two Rooks were each assigned a different Haida figure, completing the Haida pantheon without affecting the strategy of the game. The artist chose his father's Eagle clan to represent the King and his mother's clan of the Raven to represent the Queen; the Bishop became the Frog; the Knight, the Killer Whale; the Rocks became the Bear and Beaver; and the Pawn took on the human form of the Watchman. The original chess pieces were carved from argillite, a soft stone only found on Haida Gwaii. Argillite carving is a treasured centuries old art form on Canada's West Coast. Christian M. White lives and works in his home village of Old Massett.

Chess pieces only - board is no longer avail at this time

 

$535.00
   

 

   
Thunderbird and Salmon Platter 9" oval
CMH licensed reproduction of Haida argillite potlatch plate, Thunderbird and Salmon oval 9"" Canadian Made
This platter is a reproduction of the argillite original by Haida artist Charles Edenshaw. This platter depicts Thunderbird and Whale, symbolizing the cultural power of the upper and lower world. The reverse of the platter contains an embedded authenticating medallion

 

 

$165.00
   

 

   
Halibut Plate 9" oval
CMH licensed reproduction of Haida argillite potlatch plate, Halibut. Oval 9"" Canadian Made
The reverse of the plate features the museum collection ID number and embedded medallion to authenticate the piece. Halibut has long been a favorite in the diet of the Indians of the Pacific Coast, especially the Haida. The halibut figures prominently in Haida legends; one of which claims the First Man emerged after the Flood from a halibut that had violently shaken off its head and tail. Another legend says that the Queen Charlottes were once just a single island that became broken apart from the thrashing tail of a giant halibut deep under the earth.

 

$125.00
   

 

   
Killer Whale Plate 9" round
CMH licensed reproduction of Haida argillite potlatch plate, Killer Whale round 9"" Canadian Made
 The reverse of the plate features the museum collection ID number and embedded medallion to authenticate the piece. The Killer Whale is the guardian of the sea and a symbol of longevity. Haida believed that killer hales appearing in front of the village were drowned persons returning to communicate with the people.

 

$135.00
   

 

   
Sea Wolf Platter 16"
CMH licensed reproduction of Haida argillite potlatch plate, Sea Wolf Platter 16"" Canadian Made
This platter is a reproduction of the argillite original by Haida artist Tom Price. The oval plate features Wasgo or Sea Wolf design. The bottom of the piece has an embedded authenticating medallion.

 

$285.00
 

 

     
Raven Transforming to Killer Whale 7"
CMH licensed reproduction Haida Gwaii collection pole 7"" Canadian Made
Fine museum reproduction of the Canadian Museum of History Haida Gwaii collection. Carved by Ed Russ in 1997 this Raven Transforming into Killer Whale stands 7". This piece comes with an authenticating decal.

 

$84.00
   

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