Sisiutl, Wolf Frontlet / cedar dance headdress by Silas Coon
- Nation: Kwakwaka' wakw art, Kwakiutl art, native artists Vancouver Island
- Artist: Coon, Silas
- Type: Other unique Indigenous Art
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incredibly detailed, very unique and RARE piece of Indigenous Art
Headdress/Frontlet - part of ceremonial dance regalia with WOLF and SEA SERPENT frontlet by Silas Coon
fully hand crafted, hand carved, hand painted, have a close look at this piece. The head dress is fully hand made and braided out of cedar bark, finished up with cedar bark rope, also hand made, the inside is hand sown with red fabric. On every side is an additional bundle of cedar bark attached as decoration.
The frontlet itself is remarkably detailed and rich in expression. The piece is fully hand carved out of wood, WOLF surrounded by the SEA SERPENT (Sisiutl) with both serpent heads above the wolf. The wolf is standing out for about 1 1/2". The carving is just outstanding, truly superb quality - it doesn't get any better than this.
The frontlet carving is inlaid with a total of 27 (!!!) pieces of Abalone (Mother of pearl)
Measurements: 9 1/2" in diameter, the frontlet is 4 1/4" x 4"
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. The Wolf represents loyalty, strong family ties, good communication, education, understanding and intelligence. Of all land animals, the Wolf has the strongest supernatural powers and is the most accomplished hunter. The Wolf is a very social and communicative creature; he uses body movement, touch and sound.