Description: Design of eagle in profile
Date made: 1955
Measurements: overall: 6.9 cm X 2.7 cm X .8 cm*
Artist Maker: Bill Reid
Materials: Argillite stone, lacquer
Description: Panel pipe with holes for stem and bowl drilled through material. Design consists of an eagle and bear prone at base; eagle holds a man's legs in his mouth while bear holds a frog. Above is a killer whale, surmounted by a wolf and a raven with a frog.
Measurements: overall: 8.2 cm X 27.2 cm**
An excerpt from the email states:
The objects, which included twelve original works by renowned Haida artist Bill Reid and three items of Mexican jewellery, were the subject of an intense recovery effort initiated by the RCMP immediately following the break-in. Among the recovered items are Bill Reid’s extraordinary gold box with a sculptured, three-dimensional eagle on top, his gold Frog brooch, and two bracelets. An argillite pipe and an eagle brooch, also by Bill Reid, are still missing.
“We are extremely grateful to the RCMP for their efforts to locate these cultural treasures, and to all those who assisted in their investigation,” said Moya Waters, who represented Museum Director Dr. Anthony Shelton at the press conference. “We were devastated by their loss, and profoundly grateful for their safe return.” Dr. Shelton, who is out of town on business, also conveyed his thanks to the RCMP. “We are very appreciative of the extraordinary efforts of all concerned in the search for and recovery of the majority of these precious objects.”
I don't know how long it will be until these objects are returned to the museum and can be displayed once more for they will be held as evidence, probably for a very long time. But I am sure when they are returned there will be a big celebration.
I am delighted to say that my favourite, the gold box with the eagle, which was my photo for this post has been recovered.
Yes, the surgery went well, everything is fine, fine, fine! Thank you for asking.
Photo * is from the UBC site,
Photo ** is from the RCMP in BC site.