A Haida bronze and wood sculpture, Bill Reid

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Lot 3179
A Haida bronze and wood sculpture
length of whale 12 1/2in, height overall 19 1/2in

Sold for US$ 42,000 inc. premium

Native American Art

8 Dec 2008, 12:00 PST

San Francisco

Property of various owners
A Haida bronze and wood sculpture
Bill Reid, "Killer Whale", 8/9, 1986-91, in green patinated bronze, depicting a killer whale as seen atop a speaker's staff held by the principle figure in Reid's monumental sculpture "The Spirit of Haida Gwaii - the Jade Canoe", mounted on a wood base imitating a potlatch hat, signed below the whale's fluke and again on the wood base.
length of whale 12 1/2in, height overall 19 1/2in

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Inuit Gallery, Vancouver

    "The Spirit of Haida Gwaii - the Jade Canoe" (and the first casting of this work - "The Black Canoe") has been called Reid's masterpiece. The full sculpture, over 20 feet in length, resides at the Vancouver International Airport and is illustrated on the Canadian $20 bill.
A Haida bronze and wood sculpture, Bill Reid
A Haida bronze and wood sculpture, Bill Reid
A Haida bronze and wood sculpture, Bill Reid
A Haida bronze and wood sculpture, Bill Reid
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