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Artist / Maker : Point, Susan A.
Title : Spirit Guardians
Date (Execution) : 2005
Geographical Origin : Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Cultural Group : Coast Salish, Musqueam
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Patinated Bronze Polymer, Wood, Glass
Support / Technique : Wood
Object Type : low reliefs (sculpture)
Visual Description : The work consists of two bronze polymer masks, representing an initiated Coast Salish man or Shwey-Shwey in the top half of the work, balanced by the female equivalent occupying the lower half. The male/female masks, who represent spirit guardians, are united by a cedar rope, hand carved in red cedar, symbolic of all life in Coast Salish cultural beliefs. Under these components is a celadon coloured sandblasted glass representing the Fraser River and the Pacific Ocean and emphasizing the importance of these waters in Coast Salish culture. (written by Kerry Mason)
Accession # : U013.1.1
Width (cm) : 80.00
Height (cm) : 152.50
Depth (cm) : 16.50
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
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