Wife of Komokwa Mask with Blue Heron crown, by Randy Stiglitz - SOLD
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This is the most incredibly detailed and superb piece of art I've seen in a long while!
Wife of the Komokwa, crowned with the Blue Heron - by Randy Stiglitz and Janice Morin (Coast Salish First Nation/Cree First Nation) Both artists signed the mask.
Sea Lions on the eyebrows, Killer whales on the cheeks and the raven in the mouth
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 with cedar rope and decorated with so much of the traditional cedar bark.
The Blue Heron on top of the Komokwa, 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 raven peaking out of Komokwa wife's mouth.
Measurements: 24" tall from beak to chin, total 45" incl. cedar bark, Wife's face itself is approx. 13" x 11" x 8", approx. 16" wide incl. the cedar bark on the sides.
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, together with his wife, 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. Komokwa, together with his wife has the power to see into the future, heal the sick and injured, and bestow powers on those whom he favours.
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