37" Komokwa, Chief of the Undersea world by Randy Stiglitz and Janice Morin - SOLD
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This is the most incredibly detailed and superb piece of art I've seen in a long while!
Komokwa, Chief of the Undersea World Mask
with Loon crown, Sea Lions on the eyebrows, Killer whales on the cheeks and the eagle in the mouth
by Randy Stiglitz and Janice Morin (Coast Salish First Nation/Cree First Nation) Both artists signed the mask on the inside.
Please please have a look at the close-up images I'm providing. It really takes a close look to appreciate all the little things that makes this mask so fabulous. See the many inlays of Abalone (mother of pearl), all around the mask, the full mask is adorned and decorated with so much of the traditional cedar bark.
The loon on top of the mask, again, so elegant, graceful and rich, the painting is just close to perfect. Randy and Janice, are both absolutely master artists on their own and combine their craftsmanship - it's just very very special!! Don't forget to have a look at the little eagle peaking out of the Komokwa's mouth.
Measurements: 37" tall in total, 21" x 11" face, 17" deep incl. loon's beak.
Meaning: The Komokwa is a mythological creature, symbolizing wealth, healing power and is able to for see the future. The Komokwa is of major importance in Kwaguilth mythology. He was the king of the undersea world, master and protector of the seals who were a symbol of wealth. His name means "wealthy one" and he ruled from a great rich house under the water. The house contained great wealth in blankets, coppers and other treasures. Many humans of legendary history attempted to reach this kingdom. Those who achieved their goal became wealthy and powerful, returning to their home village with magical boxes full of treasure.
The Komokwa is the master of the seals. The posts and beams of his house are living sea lions. Sometimes he appears on the surface of the sea, but his head is so big that it looks like an island. He is responsible for the rising and ebbing of the tides, as well as the riches these tides deposit on beaches, and those claimed by the vagaries of sea weather, both material and human lives. One terrific story recounts how he eats human eyes as if they were crab apples. Komokwa has the power to see into the future, heal the sick and injured, and bestow powers on those whom he favours.
The Loon symbolizes serenity and tranquility. They teach us to listen to and learn from our dreams, because if you believe in them, the might come true and your hopes and wishes will be fulfilled.
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