Chief of the Undersea, Killer Whale, Sisiutls and Seal crown by Randy Stiglitz

Chief of the Undersea, Killer Whale, Sisiutls and Seal crown by Randy Stiglitz

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This is the most incredibly detailed and superb piece of art I've seen in a while!

Komokwa, Chief of the Undersea World Mask with Seal crown, Killer Whales, and Sisiutl heads holding "copper"

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 cedar bark does have green dye to emulate seaweed. This is truly a powerful piece - so rich in expression and just so incredibly detailed. 

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 veryk, again, so elegant, graceful and rich, t very special!! The sisiutls heads, coming out of the Komokwa's forehead are both fully carved all around, as is the seal crown. You won't find another mask like it. 

Measurements: Total height: 28", the mask itself is approx. 19" x 13" x 9" 

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.

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$5,950.00 CDN

$4,450.60 USD

About This Artist

Randy Stiglitz was born in Pender Harbour in 1953. He is of Coast Salish descent through his mother and is from the Sechelt native band.  He has been an artist for most of his life and comes from a background of Salish artists. Randy has...Artist bio and other available works »

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