Fall 2016 - 4th Session Live auction
Lot # 217
1923 - 1998 Canadian Indigenous
argillite sculpture with abalone inlay
signed and inscribed "Eagle, Sea Wolf Holding Two Whales, Raven Holding Beaverhouse, Human Face, Beaver, Human Face"
36 x 6 x 7 1/2 in 91.4 x 15.2 x 19cm
Private Collection, Calgary
Sold sale of Fine Canadian Art, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, May 27, 2004, lot 142
Peter and Joanne Brown Collection, Vancouver
Rufus Moody was a Haida carver from Skidegate, Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, and is the son of noted carver Arthur Moody. This form of argillite, a slate-like stone, is found in only one place in the world - on reserve land near Skidegate - and its use is restricted by law to only the Haida. Moody was known to have gone on expeditions to extract argillite from the deposits there.
Estimate: $15,000 ~ $25,000 CAD
Sold For: $35,400.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)