Courting Ritual

This commissioned sculpture is carved in Pyrophyllite (African Wonderstone). The detail and high polish emphasize the characteristics of the Humpback Whale.

During the mating season, competing male Humpbacks throw their huge weight around aggressively. When the battling is over, mating Humpbacks spend time together in a graceful flow of movement. This carving captures a fleeting contact between courting Humpbacks.

This large sculpture has a home in Rivers Inlet on the west coast of British Columbia. Humpback Whales can be seen in the coastal waters here during the summer months.

Overall dimensions are 24” x 12” x 12”