This Haida Killer Whale and Bear Plaque was hand-carved in argillite by Haida carver Denny Dixon in 1984. The argillite carving features two abalone inlays for the eyes. The argillite sculpture was mounted onto yew wood by Haida artist Darrell White and has a hanger on the back.
The Orca or Killer Whale symbolizes family, romance, longevity, harmony, travel, community and protection. He is said to protect those who travel away from home, and to lead them back when the time comes. Orcas will often stay their whole life with the same pod and raise each calf with care.
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The Bear Symbol represents strength, family, vitality courage and health. The bear is thoughtful and independent, with little need for fellowship. The bear is also self-contained and strong-willed in nature. A Bear is of great support and comfort to those who crave human company simply for personal reassurance rather than for the simple pleasure of being with friends. He makes lonely periods of life far easier.
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This piece measures approximately 11 1/2 inches or 29 1/4 centimeters high, 3 inches or about 7 1/2 centimeters wide, and 7/8 inch or 2 1/4 centimeters deep.