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Early Haida Artist

Early Haida Artist
Fall 2009 - 2nd Session Live auction

Lot # 201

Early Haida Artist
19th Century Canadian

A Carved Ship Panel Pipe with a Euro-American Figure with Hand in Greeting Gesture, an Elaborate Cabin Structure with Two Windows, a Rosette, a Tiled Roof and a Euro-American Figure Holding an Offering
argillite relief carving circa 1830 ~ 1860
9 3/4 x 4 in  24.8 x 10.2cm

Marius Barbeau, Ottawa
Private Collection, Toronto

Peter L. Macnair and Alan L. Hoover, The Magic Leaves, A History of Haida Argillite Carving, Royal British Columbia Museum, 2002, similar works reproduced pages 39, 40, 44 and 45

The Haida were the first of the Northwest Coast First Nations peoples to develop art for trade and sale to the Europeans that arrived on their shores in the Queen Charlotte Islands. Some of the earliest objects produced were argillite pipe forms with Haida mythological figures, which a decade later evolved into elongated panel pipes with Euro-American figures and structures, such as this fine carving. Included were details of ships, forts, houses and cabins, which evidently fascinated the Haida carvers. Plant forms were often incorporated, such as in this work with its flower form and elongated leaves, likely the native tobacco plant cultivated by the Haida. These extraordinary and unique panel pipes were not actually intended for smoking tobacco, instead functioning as complex sculptural tableaux.
This work, along with lot 203, was originally in the collection of Marius Barbeau, an important Canadian pioneer anthropologist, ethnologist and folklorist, who worked for the National Museum of Canada from 1911 - 1949. He exhaustively catalogued the social organization, art, narrative and musical traditions of British Columbia’s Tsimshian, Gitxsan, and Nisga’a peoples, as well as doing fieldwork with other nations such as the Haida.

Estimate: $10,000 ~ $15,000 CAD

Sold For: $32,175.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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