Nootka Wood Totem Pole, Pacific Northwest Coast Native American Indian Art

NA-2513 A Northwest Coast Nuu-Chah-Nulth (Nootka) Wood Model Totem Pole

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Vancouver Island, circa 1940s-'50s

This totem is finely and intricately carved with totemic emblems, including (in descending order): wolves, mosquitoes, man with frog in mouth, diving killer whale, raven, bear with fish in claws, and frog at base. A frieze of additional figures appears on each side of the lower half of the pole, including an eagle among other creatures. The pole is pigmented black overall, and mounted on the original wood base.

Dimensions: Height: 19.5 in. (49.5 cm.)

Provenance: From a Los Angeles, California Native American art collection formed during the 1950s-'60s. Sold with paper fragments of old Native description, once affixed to back of totem pole.