This Fungus Man Pendant was hand-carved by Haida artist Allan Weir. It has been carved from ebony and features abalone in the eyes and ivory for the teeth.
The inspiration behind this pendant comes from the book "Entering Time: The Fungus Man Platters of Charles Edenshaw" by Colin Browne. In 2013 there was an exhibition of Charles Edenshaw's work at the Vancouver Art Gallery which included three large argillite platters depicting two frightened figures, the Raven and the Fungus Man, in a canoe.
"The Raven and Fungus Man appear early on in the Haida epic poem “Raven Travelling,” not long after the Raven releases human men from a clamshell. Their mission is to enable men and women to go forth and multiply. The three platters, celebrated not only for their craftsmanship but also for their insight into the psyche, are rarely brought together in one place, and the fact that Edenshaw returned, with a sense of humour, to this primal scene, suggests that the theme was as important to him as it was to his contemporary, Sigmund Freud."
The pendant, excluding the copper bail, measures approximately 2 1/4 inches or 5 3/4 centimeters in diameter and nearly 3/8 of an inch or 1 centimeter thick.
A silver chain is not included but can be purchased separately here.