Pen Holder

About this object

History of use

Argillite carving was an important component of early Haida commercial art. It was one of the first forms produced exclusively for sale to Europeans. Changes in design, subject matter and types of objects were in response to collector demands, as well as an indication of changes within Haida society (Carole N. Kaufmann).

Cultural context

made for sale

Physical description

Argillite pen holder decorated with carved snake entwined along most of its length: scales indicated. Two eyes inlaid abalone. Extended tongue in form of an arrow.