A fine hand carved Northwest Coast Nuu-chah-nulth hand carved and painted cedar model totem pole dating from the 1940’s. The carving is attributed to Nuu-chah-nulth master carver carver Wilson Williams (1908-1965) the son of Sam Williams who was one of the first carvers for the Ye Olde Curiosity Shop in Seattle. The Williams family carvers is a famous family of known totem carvers who carved in a distinct style. I have always like Wilson’s work as being the most skilled and fluent of the group of carvers. This fine totem depicts a Eagle who has just landed between the ear’s of the bear holding a human captive. Note the bright crisp paint and flowing design of the totem. Signed “W A Williams ” in pencil to the back. The totem has an ink stain noted to the back and bottom of the base, but doesn’t detract from the beauty of this fine totem.
For published examples of Wilson’s work please refer to Carvings and Commerce by Michael Hall and Pat Glascock.