210510-02 Haida Carved Argillite Platter designed with two dogfish or WASCO the Sea Monsterand heavy crosshatching
diameter 14.5 in.
fourth quarter 19th century
with a repair
Originally thought to be Dogfish, we are now reconsidering this motif as to be
Wasco, the Sea Monster or Sea Wolf, which is a prominent sea creature from Haida myth time.
Wasco is a giant sea monster, half wolf and half killer whale that had the ability to move on both land and in the sea. Wasco hunts and eats killer whales.
In past times, Wasco was known to terrorize Haida villages along the coast of Haida Gwaii.