CMH licensed reproduction of Haida argillite potlatch plate.
This platter is a reproduction of the argillite original by an unidentified Haida artist. The bottom of the piece has an embedded authenticating medallion. Myths speak of giant devilfish monsters that occasionally devour canoes and sometimes even entire villages. Octopus is a powerful potential sea spirit helper, often shown in complex compositions involving other creatures. In some cultures, eight is considered a magic and auspicious number, which adds to the appeal and power of Octopus. Octopus is a servant of the chief of the undersea world, and is also a symbol of great wealth.