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Rare Totem Pole Found In Dorset


3:31pm 12th February 2013

A rare South American totem pole that dates back to the late 19th century has been found in a Dorset farmhouse.

The totem features a carved face of a beaver, a bear, a whale and surmounted by an eagle.

It's understood to have been made by the indigenous Haida people from British Columbia.

The rare piece was came to light after Duke's Auctioneers in Dorchester were called to a routine valuation and specialist Guy Schwinge spotted the significance of the pole, which had been propped up in the corner for so long the owners had almost forgotten it was there.

Totem poles are made by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest coast of North America and are usually artistic presentations and contrary to popular belief, not used for worship, as was thought by early European explorers, but more often used to recount notable events.

The colorful totem pole goes under the hammer at Dukes Auctioneers in Dorchester on Thursday 14th February.

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