This large Shark Rattle is carved in red cedar by the Master Carver Stan Hunt, a Native Artist from the Kwaguilth or Kwakwaka´wakw Nation. The rattle is in very good condition and features some cedar bark, horse hair and twine.
The Dogfish or Shark Woman Symbol represents one of the most powerful and elusive supernatural beings of Haida mythology, a powerful shaman. The story of how she became a shaman of extraordinary power is now lost, but we know that her power came from the spirit of the Dogfish, of the Shark family.
Find more information about and examples of The Dogfish/Shark Northwest Coast First Nations symbol.
The rattle is 13 inches or 33 centimeters high and close to 4 1/2 inches or 11 1/2 centimeters wide and deep without the cedar bark, horse hair and stand. The stand is also made from red cedar and signed by the artist. The dimensions are close to 4 inches or over 10 centimeters wide X 6 inches or over 15 centimeters long and 1 inch or 2 1/2 centimeters high.