- Museum number
Maul [hammer] head of a light grey igneous rock, with a flat work surface, oval cross section, and crest probably in the form of a salmon head. Parallel to the work surface round the maul is a decorative groove, followed by a deeper groove, for the binding to attach the handle. This would fitted along the bottom of the head. The head is carved with deep circular eyes, delineated with two incised lines and a deep broad groove, a long straight groove mouth, on top of the head is lightly incised carved head, more suggestive of a whale's blowhole than a salmon. The rock has a natural fault line it, and a large piece is moving close to groove for attachment.
- Production date
Height: 9 centimetres
Length: 19 centimetres
Width: 8 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- At the time of accession this was thought incorrectly to resemble a bird head. The accession documentation reads: 'Comrie Coll No 79. Labelled "Stone Implement, Fort Simpson British Columbia (Chimpsean).' Additional description etc. by JCK 22/9/1995.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2003 15 Dec-2009 Jun, BM Room 24: Wellcome Trust Gallery, dc4, Living and Dying
1980 Feb-1983 Aug, Museum of Mankind, Room 9; Art Made for Strangers: Haida Argillite Carving
2017 23 Feb-27 Aug, London, BM, "Where the Thunderbird Lives"
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Am1870C1.6781 (old CDMS no.)
Miscellaneous number: Am1870C0803.63