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U990.14.142
Artist / Maker : Hunt, Richard ; Gwe-la-yo-gwe-la-gya
Title : Kwa-Gulth Sisiutl And Sun
Date (Execution) : 1979
Geographical Origin : Fort Rupert, 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 : Design of a human figure with a sun head holding its hands up. Yellow designs are coming out of it's fingertips and entering the mouths of two animals at either side. One large animal head at bottom center.
Accession # : U990.14.142
Width (cm) : 63.40
Height (cm) : 66.00
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : Traditionally, the Sun is the source of all life. In the Kwa-Gulth mythology the Sisiutl is a two-headed creature that serves the Kwa-Gulth people in times of need. Many legends are told of the Sisiutl changing himself into a speak or a canoe at an appropriate moment to save the day. In this design the artists has combined his grandfather's crest, the Sun, with his mother's main crest which is the Sisiutl. The copper plaque and the bear in the centre of the design are part of the Hunt family crest. The beautiful balance of this design and the exquisite attention to detail are all hallmarks of Richard Hunt's work. The flowing movements, the balance of colour and the adherence to traditional requirements all indicate his deep knowledge and understanding of the Kwa-Gulth tradition. (Statement provided by Artisan Prints)