This Haida Orca or Killer Whale sculpture is hand-carved from argillite by Haida artist Shaun Edgars. The contemporary sculpture represents a powerful Haida killer whale emerging from the waves. The deeply carved Haida formline designs on the whale's body and dorsal fin contrast with the naturalism of the waves beneath. This sculpture measures about 8 1/2 inches or 21 cm high, 5 1/2 inches or 14 cm long, and 4 1/2 inches or 11 cm wide.
For the Haida, Sgaana xaaydagaay, the killer whale people, are among the most powerful of the people from the sea. Stories tell of Haida ancestors putting on skins of killer whales to enter the realm of the spirit world, where killer whale people and humans visit, communicate and feast together.
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