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Artist / Maker : Hunt, Tom ; Waławidi
Title : Untitled (Kwagiulth steering paddle ("Komokwa Sisiutl and Eye"))
Date (Execution) : 1995
Geographical Origin : Tsaxis (Fort Rupert); British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : Kwagu'ł, Kwakwaka'wakw
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Yellow cedar; pigment; paint
Support / Technique : carved; painted
Object Type : paddles
Visual Description : This steering paddle is made from cedar wood. On one side of the paddle, the design is painted in black, red, brown, and green. The handle has three circular designs that are different in size depending on their location on the handle. The end of the handle is painted black. The painted side of the paddle has an image of a figure in side profile, wearing a feathered dress. Figures are depicted below. The other side is painted in black, red, and brown. The handle is red and black with formline imagery. The bottom of the paddle has a face with large red eyes, a prominent nose, and an open mouth. The teeth can been seen and the tongue is protruding. Depicted are Komokwa, who is the supernatural King of the sea, and Sisiutl, the double-headed Sea Serpent. These depictions are traditional forms for Komokwa and Sisiutl in Kwakwaka'wakw Culture. Sisiutl is a Hunt family crest. Komokwa and Sisiutl are often found working together in Kwakwaka'wakw legends.
Accession # : U001.11.443
Width (cm) : 22.40
Height (cm) : 168.00
Depth (cm) : 3.00
Mandatory Credit : Gift of the Estate of Michael C. Williams
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