Vintage Haida Totem Pole, Eli Bell
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Rally excellent and OLD piece of Art from the Haida Nation
Model Totem Pole - so very detailed by Eli Bell, a member of the Haida Nation, signed and dated at the back.
This piece is dated 1969, wood from the red cedar tree, lacquered and polished. It does show a minor restoration on the eagle's wings on top - but very difficult to see.
Eli Bell was born in the 1930's in Masset, Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) located off the Northern Coast of British Columbia, Canada. Not much is known about Eli the artist, other than the information obtained from some of his students. He was a member of the Haida Nation and had the Two-Finned whale, a mythical creature and the Grizzly Bear and his family crest symbol. Eli was an established Haida argillite carver and a mentor to many talented carvers, such as Donavon Gates, whom he helped getting started carving the slate. He often worked with other established carvers, such as Dilbert Bell, Hector Thompson, and Maury Clark. At a later stage of his life, Eli did some wood carvings, all of them show the detail he used to apply to his argillite work.
Measurements: 14" x 3 1/2" x 2" (36 x 9 x 5 cm)
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