42 inlays!! Sisiutl with salmon and skull by Silas Coon
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Silas Coon, clearly a master of this art just delivered this beautiful
Sisiutl - or Sea Serpent with Salmon caught by each of the serpent's heads and a skull on the forehead.
by Silas Coon from the Kwakiulth First Nation, Alert Bay, BC.
wall art carving. He spent a long time working on it - carved it in such great detail, then stained the wood in a dark brown which accentuates the natural grain of the wood. Once that was finished, he started painting in his favorite copper color - and it's a great choice. It just makes the presence of it even more powerful and outstanding. Made and prepared for wall hanging, signature at the back.
Silas Coon is a a member of the Kwakiutlh First Nation and clearly a master of this art who loves the tradition and history of his people. You can see that he had the best teachers throughout his career incl. George Hunt Jr., Beau Dick.... more detailed biography below.
Measurements: 24 1/2" x 6" x 1/2" (62 x 15 x 1.5 cm)- This piece has 42 pieces of abalone inlays!!!!!!
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.