Sisiutl - Sea Serpent, by Michael Price
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Wow, what an amazing piece! So strong, powerful, present and alive
The Sea Serpent / Sisiutl - also known as a protector! The most powerful crest of the Kwakwakaw' wakw Mythology
by Michael Price - a well known First Nations Artist from the Pacific Northwest Coast of Canada.
This piece is just a fabulous example of perfect painting. Michael added so much bark from the cedar tree that it really gives it a fabulous frame and just adds to the powerful expression
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. Sisiutl is the god of warrior invincibility, a magic war-canoe that can go underground and guardian of the house of the sky people. Sisiutl are frequently depicted as a two headed sea serpent or snake with a human-like head in the middle of the body. All three heads are surmounted by "horns of power" The humanoid central head likely symbolizes Sisiutl’s supernatural shape-shifting powers Sisiutl could also change size from a few centimeters to a span sufficient to block off a bay. As a transformative creature of vast shamanic power, the Sisiutl could travel in and across all boundaries: land, water, & air. There is a belief among the Coast Salish that Sisiutl employ orca/killer whales for transportation. It is so powerful, that contact or even seeing one, was believed to cause sickness or death. According to legend, looking at the sisiutl can turn a person into stone. However, if one kills a Sisiutl, it has healing powers. Images or sculptures of Sisiutl were employed to guard canoes and cedar plank longhouses.Warriors traditionally wear the sisiutl's emblem for protection in battle. Thunderbirds are one of the few predators of Sisiutl
Measurements: 46" x 11" x 5 1/2" without the cedar, it's 22" high incl. the cedar