46" Sisiutl / Sea Serpent, by Lyne Cootes

46" Sisiutl / Sea Serpent, by Lyne Cootes

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Sisiutl - Sea Serpent - by Lyne Cootes 

Wow - this piece is absolutely beautiful. The carving is deep, detailed, clean lines, the painting is traditional and just precise and powerful. The expression is just like it's suppose to be. It's made and prepared for wall hanging, carved in the front, signed and dated at the back - hanger already attached. The eyes of the human like head as well as the snake heads are inlaid with large pieces of Abalone. Really rich in expression with so much character. It's not a new piece and shows some very minor signs of gentle handling, just a gorgeous piece of Art, dated 2005

The artist: Lyne Cootes graduated from Jolliette CEGEP, Fine Arts Program in 1997. While spending her time with master carver, Henry Nolla, from 1999-2004 in Tofino, BC, his teachings helped with grafting her artist eye, with the Nuu-Cha-Nulth culture. Lyne carves plaques, bowls, totem poles and masks. As a part of the Huu-ay-aht First Nation, she admires the beauty of the sun and moon, with the waves that come from the west, and crash into the rocks of Vancouver Island. Lyne is married to Trevor Cootes, after adding two amazing additions to the Cootes family, Lyne started creating regalia, and designs for shawls that are being used in different potlatch ceremonies. Her creative gift has taken her across the world to Germany, France, Poland, Israel, England and the USA. She’s a highly skilled French-Canadian artist.

Meaning: The Sisiutl is a symbol for healing power and magic. It's closely associated with war and strength, the Sisiutl is known to be invulnerable and to provide protection from harm. The Sisiutl is one of the most powerful crests, and mythological creatures in the mythology of the Kwakwaka'wakw, Nuu-chah-nulth and various other Tribes and figures prominently in their art, dances and songs. Sisiutl is the god of warrior invincibility, a magic war-canoe that can go underground and guardian of the house of the sky people. Sisiutl are frequently depicted as a two headed sea serpent or snake with a human-like head in the middle of the body. 

Measurements: 46" x 11" x 1" 

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