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Artist / Maker : Edenshaw, Jaalen
Title : Memorial Shark
Date (Execution) : 2004
Geographical Origin : Masset, British Columbia, Canada
Cultural Group : Haida
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Shark in Northwest coast formline. Horizontal rectangular print in red and black and white.
Accession # : U014.3.162
Width (cm) : 61.00
Height (cm) : 28.50
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "The dogfish or shark is a popular Raven crest of the Haida. I originally created a version of this split dogfish design for the memorial potlatch of my wife's Naanii, her great-aunt; however, i was never used at the feast. The red border which frames the design represents the frontal box shape of a mortuary pole, raised to honour the deceased. The body of the design would have been carved in relief and painted; the head would be carved sculpturally and protrude from the middle planks. This design was created out of respect." - Jaalen Edenshaw