A great little cedar wood totem pole pin or brooch, hand carved and hand painted in Alaska, c. 1950s. The cedar wood totem pole has two animals. On the top, a bird with outstretched wings and as typical in totems, the bird has eyebrows and ears on the top of his head. The unidentified lower animal has a big mouth and black eyes and brows.
Sold as an Alaskan souvenir in the 1960s. Stamped on the back, “ALASKAN INDIAN MADE”.
Measures 2 5/8" tall. Wings are 1-5/8 inches wide.
The pin is in very good condition. Paint is good. No damage or wear to wood. Simple safety pin clasp closes securely.
HISTORIQUE: A totem pole depicts emblems of animals and mythological creatures that are believed to have spiritual significance and who watch over families, clans, or tribes. Each of the animals, images and symbols has special and specific meanings.
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