Argillite oval bowl with domed lid, on a two-part stand (compote), in the form of a beaver - its head and tail forming the handles. The lid represents a killerwhale, carved two-dimensionally, surmounted by another beaver in bas-relief. The ivory finial is in the shape of a man clasping the fin of the killer whale. The eyes of the main crests are inlaid with abalone. This compote is attributed to master Haida artist Charles Edenshaw, about 1839-1920. The quality, detail and innovative style of his work have done much to stretch and redefine the formal boundaries of Nothwest Coast art.