Whaling HAT with hand painted Sisiutl, Kwagiulth

Whaling HAT with hand painted Sisiutl, Kwagiulth

Note: Prices shown are CAD, if you prefer $1,175 USD or Euro please contact me

What an unusual find from the Pacific Northwest Coast First Nations!! You definitely don't see these often

This is a woven Whaling HAT with hand painted Sisiutl design.

Really impressive and beautiful piece. Approx. 25 hats were ordered and made for a potlatch in Alert Bay approx. 10 years ago. Alert Bay is a small island on British Columbia's Pacific Northwest Coast of Canada. They were gifted during the Potlatch by Frank Baker, a member of the Kwakwakaw' wakw First Nation to friends and family. Only approx. 10 of them were painted and given to Elders and high ranking members. This is one of them!

The painting is absolutely beautiful. It does show some discolorations on the rim. It was made for use and it has been used. It even comes with a handmade Stand, made from birch bark - have a look at the pictures, it's amazing. 

Measurements: 20" diameter, 8" high (51 cm diameter, 20 cm high)

Meaning: 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.Sisiutl are frequently depicted as a two headed sea serpent or snake with a human-like head in the middle of the body. 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. Warriors traditionally wear the sisiutl's emblem for protection in battle. Thunderbirds are one of the few predators of Sisiutl

 

Photos of This Piece

$1,490.00

About This Artist

Artist bio and other available works »

Discover More

Spirit Raven Sculpture, 25" by Doug Horne
Spirit Raven Sculpture, 25" by Doug Horne

$985.00

Sterling Silver Sisiutl pendant by Norm Seaweed
Sterling Silver Sisiutl pendant by Norm Seaweed

$569.00

Atlakum Grouse Mask by Jonathan Jacobson
Atlakum Grouse Mask by Jonathan Jacobson

$2,450.00