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Artist / Maker : Wilson, Joseph M.; Sxwaset
Title : Spirit Bear
Date (Execution) : 2007
Geographical Origin : Duncan, British Columbia, Canada
Cultural Group : Coast Salish, Cowichan
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Close-up representation of bear on black background in bright blue and black on white paper.
Accession # : U014.3.700
Width (cm) : 37.00
Height (cm) : 47.00
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "In this design I have tried to provide the best rendition of a traditional 'Spirit Bear' design in Coast Salish style. My research over the past 25 years has included most of the ancient bone, stone, and wood carvings. The idea for this design came from an old comb design made of bone and represents to me a revival of some of the powerful art forms of our ancient people. The design with the huge, protruding tongue and eye style is reminiscent of the traditional 'Sxwaixwe' mask - a sacred a rarely seen mask outside our culture. This piece is a tribute to the Spirit Bear and represents power and prestige."