This large argillite sculpture of a Shark or Dogfish Woman in Transformation is carved by Haida carver Marcel Russ. The sculpture is about 9 inches or 23 centimeters high, 6 inches or over 15 centimeters wide, and 8 inches or 20 centimeters deep. It is carved out of one piece of argillite and weighs a little under 9 ½ pounds or 4.3 kilos. The sculpture was carved in 2001 and is in excellent condition.
Transformation is at the heart of Haida art and supernatural power. Supernatural beings and ancestors possessing special powers are often depicted with the attributes of two or more beings, indicating their ability to transcend ordinary limitations.
Dogfish Woman is a powerful figure in the pantheon of beings of the sea. Dogfish Woman is a crest belonging to many of the Haida clans, and is related to a story of a woman ancestor who could transform herself into a dogfish. It is in this form that she enters into a whole other realm of experience, the undersea world.
Find more information about The Dogfish native symbol.
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