A story teller's staff. It has the face of a fish that seems bemused and whose eyes are a black stone or glass. It is very large. The face is hardwood and the shank is hazel. The length is 54" and the width, at the top, fin plus face, is 6". Since the hazel tree grows in the northern temperate zone , which could be everywhere from the United States to Ireland to China, I am having a hard time deciding the origin of this piece. All I do know is that it is definitely a story teller's staff., hence the big fish. A guess would be Appalachia, an area well known for its whimsical wood carving. If anyone knows its origin please let me know so that I may include it here.
Thank you for looking.