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U990.14.149
Artist / Maker : Hunt, Richard ; Gwe-la-yo-gwe-la-gya
Title : Kwa-Gulth Pugwis
Date (Execution) : 1981
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 : Green, red and black design of an animal/human figure sitting and holding an urchin, facing right.
Accession # : U990.14.149
Width (cm) : 37.70
Height (cm) : 50.10
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : Puquis or Merman was an undersea spirit in human form often portrayed in Kwa-Gulth winter ceremonies. "Kwa-Gulth Man from the Sea; having lunch eating a sea urchin. He holds it very delicately so he doesn't get poked by the urchin's quills. The butt has an octopus with on tentacle representing the tail and the penis. The foot of the Man from the Sea is represented by a fin. On top of his head is a sculpin waiting for scraps." - R.H.