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U990.14.151
Artist / Maker : Hunt, Richard ; Gwe-la-yo-gwe-la-gya
Title : Kwa-Gulth Thunderbird With Sun's Face
Date (Execution) : 1984
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 : Red, green and black design of a thunderbird man in a black circular outline. Figure has a sun face as well as a large face at the center of it's chest.
Accession # : U990.14.151
Width (cm) : 37.90
Height (cm) : 43.50
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : The dance of the thunderbird with sun mask is displayed during the secular ceremonies of the winter dances. The sun in Kwakiutl art is personified as a human figure with a hooked beaklike nose and a corona of decorative rays surrounding the face. It is a major crest of one of the Kwakiutl groups. The Kwakiutl are renowned for flamboyant stagecraft which still can be viewed on the west coast today. (Statement provided by Open Pacific Graphics)