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Artist / Maker : Dick, Beau ; Walas Gwayum
Title : Shells
Date (Execution) : 1987
Geographical Origin : Gwayi (Kingcome Inlet); British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : Kwakwaka'wakw
Style / Period : Western Modern 1900-1950
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Vertical stack of four mussel shells in red, gray and black. Inverse of Beau Dick's 'Mussels'.
Accession # : U990.14.198
Width (cm) : 37.30
Height (cm) : 50.80
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : To the coastal native peoples, an excellent source of food has traditionally been the flesh of mussels found in clusters along the rocky shores. In ancient times the long purplish-black shell was used for a variety of carving tools as well as harpoon heads for whale hunting. Beau's renditions of mussels are a colourful refreshing look at this rarely illustrated shellfish. (statement provided by Open Pacific Graphics)