Argillite Sea Lion Carving

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Argillite Sea Lion Carving

375.00

Carved by Haida artist, Myles Edgars, this argillite sea lion carving is inlayed with abalone shell. The argillite sea lion is carved on one side and the other side is left rough, exposing argillite in its natural state. The carving stands freely on a small argillite base. The dimensions are 2.75 inches high, 3.0 inches long and 1.25 inches wide. 

Argillite is unique to Haida Gwaii as it is found only on one mountain known as Slatechuck Mountain. The journey to the argillite deposit is a treacherous hike, and is accessible only by the Haida people. It is recognizable by its black pigment and shiny exterior when carved. When unpolished, argillite is rough and matte.

The Haida have used and carved argillite for thousands of years. Argillite in Xaayda Kil (the southern dialect of the Haida Language) is HlGaa K’id which translates literally to rock carve, as this is a stone that has solely been carved for artistic purposes. Argillite is a composition of clay particles, making it impractical to use as a tool like other stones. Argillite carving is culturally significant and a much revered art form of the Haida people. Sole rights to this precious stone are owned by the Haida people, making argillite a unique hallmark of traditional Haida artwork and carvings.

Myles, who was born in 1958 in Haida Gwaii, started carving at the age of 13. Myles has a smooth and fluid style, which can be seen in his argillite jewelry pieces, small carvings, and totem poles. He was mentored by the late Richard Yeltatzie, an established Haida artist and his brother-in-law, Haida carver Steven Collinson.

Myles is dedicated to the craft of carving argillite and has mentored many young people to continue this skill and knowledge essential to Haida culture and history. Amy Edgars, who is a young Haida argillite carver was also taught by Myles, who is her father. Myles' works closely with his son and daughter to pass on argillite knowledge through carving and collecting argillite on Slatechuck Mountain, a protected site in Haida Gwaii for sourcing argillite.  

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