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Magic Leaves : A History of Haida Argillite Carving






Publisher:  Royal British Columbia Museum
Summary: Peter Macnair and Alan Hoover recount the history of Haida argillite carving since it began in the early 1800s, and they describe more than 200 examples from the extensive collection of the Royal BC Museum Argillite is a dense, black shale mined from a quarry on Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), reserved for the exclusive use of Haida carvers. Argillite works are unique in style and character, ranging from cerem...onial pipes and model poles to elaborate platters and chests. "The careful scholarship of Peter Macnair and Alan Hoover has ensured that The Magic Leaves remains an authoritative text on the types, subjects and history of argillite carving. Argillite carvings made for the souvenir, ethnographic and fine-art markets maintained and developed indigenous stylistic and narrative traditions. The beautiful black slate of Haida Gwaii continues to be a vehicle for profound expressions of Haida history and artistic innovation. - Dr Martha Black, from the Foreword.

Macnair, Peter L. is the author of Magic Leaves : A History of Haida Argillite Carving, published under ISBN 9780772647733 and 0772647739. Two Magic Leaves : A History of Haida Argillite Carving textbooks are available for sale on ValoreBooks.com, and two used from the cheapest price of $48.90.
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Magic Leaves : A History of Haida Argillite Carving

ISBN-13: 9780772647733

ISBN: 0772647739

Publisher: Royal British Columbia Museum
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