Important Haida Argillite Totem Pole Charles Edenshaw (1839-1920) Circa 1900
An important rare Haida argillite model totem pole attributed to the famed Charles Edenshaw circa 1900. Imagery features a sea otter eating a fish, hawk and a human clutching a fish. Please see publication Charles Edenshaw by Robin Wright and Diana Augaitis for illustrated examples of Charles Edenshaw’s work in argillite for comparable examples Finely detailed throughout .Condition is excellent for its age, no breaks or repairs. Guaranteed to be an original work by Charles Edenshaw. Very few works of his come on the market so don’t miss your chance to own this museum quality example.
Charles Edenshaw (Tahayren), Haida chief and master artist (born 1839 in Skidegate, Haida Gwaii, BC; died 10 September 1920 in Masset, Haida Gwaii, BC). Edenshaw was among the first professional Haida artists and was noted for his flawless execution of dynamic flowing forms in an otherwise strict and disciplined art tradition.
Charles Edenshaw was heralded during his lifetime by the Haida people and by collectors and anthropologists as one of the most accomplished Haida carvers, and he continues to be the best known late-19th-century Haida artist. He was born during a period when his people’s culture was experiencing an economic and artistic florescence spurred by the increased wealth resulting from the European and Euro-American fur trade at mid century; he survived the devastating smallpox epidemic of 1862 and the later period of missionizing and colonizing by Euro-Canadians. By the time that he assumed the title Chief Eda’nsa in 1885, potlatching had been outlawed in Canada and much of the social and ceremonial role that had accompanied his title had been suppressed by missionaries and government agents. Edenshaw was able to focus on his art. He worked as an artist well into the 20th century, developing a personal style that is renowned for its originality and innovative narrative forms, yet acclaimed for its adherence to the sophisticated formline-design principles that characterize Haida art. In 1902 the collector Charles Frederick Newcombe* described him as “the best carver in wood and stone now living.
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