Pukwis, Wild Man of the Sea by Stanley C. Hunt
- Nation: Kwakwaka' wakw art, Kwakiutl art, native artists Vancouver Island
- Artist: Hunt, Stanley Clifford
- Type: Mask
THIS PIECE IS SOLD - if you are interested, please contact me and I will check if the artist is available.
Another incredible piece of Indigenous Art!
Artist: Master carver Stanley C. Hunt, Grandson of Chief Mungo Martin and son of Henry Hunt, a member of the Kwagiulth First Nations. Please read his Biography which is provided below - it truly is remarkable.
This excellent piece of Art is depicting the Pukwis the wild man from the Sea. The Pugwis is depicted with a fish-like face, round eyes in well-defined round sockets, gills, prominent, rounded contours on the face; and two large, beaver-like front teeth"
Pugwis is an undersea spirit in human form, a creature associated with the spirits of drowned victims, therefore also known as the Wild Man of the Sea. He is wondering around the wood and he enjoys approaching humans, and offering them some ghostly food. Any person who is foolish enough to eat the food will turn into a Pukwis himself - a Pukwis is believed to consume the souls of their victims.
Stan limits his use of power tools to rough out his work and instead knife finishes his work out of respect for traditional methods as opposed to using sandpaper. Have a close look, the craftsmanship is truly amazing and this exceptional quality is very hard to find.
It's powerfully and very clean painted in vibrant colors decorated with the traditional cedar bark. Beautiful expression
Measurements: 10" tall, 8.5" wide and 6" deep
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