15" Argillite Pole By Tom Hans, Skidegate BC
This beautifully carved argillite totem pole by Tom Hans of Skidgate (b. 1925) has three major figural groups. At the top is a shark whose body wraps around and is held by a human figure with long hair. Below is the Raven holding the sun with its rays of light which he has stolen to give this light to the world. The bottom image is a large bear holding another human figure with long hair with its paws across the figure and its mouth over the top of the figure's head. It sits on a frog base. Hans is known for the narrative nature of his carvings incorporating Haida legends.
H. 15 ¼"