This Haida Octopus platter is CMH (Canadian Museum of History) licensed reproduction of the argillite original by an unidentified Haida artist. The bottom of the Haida Octopus Platter has an embedded authenticating medallion. Myths speak of giant devilfish monsters that occaisionally devour canoes and sometimes even entire villages. The central design of the Haida Ocotpus Platter features an octopus - a powerful potential sea spirit helper that is often shown in complex compositions involving other creatures. In some cultures, eight is considered a magic and auspicious number, which adds to the appeal and power of Octopus. Octopus is a servant of the chief of the undersea world, and it also a symbol of great wealth. This Haida Octopus is an absolutely stunning piece, and would compliment any decor.