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U990.14.445
Artist / Maker : Charlie, Frank Kwya Tseeck Tchuss Miyuh
Title : Sea Bear
Date (Execution) : 1975-77
Geographical Origin : British Columbia, Canada
Cultural Group : Tla-o-qui-aht
Style / Period : Western Modern 1900-1950
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Black, red and yellow design of an animal that is half fish/half bear; multiple faces throughout the composition; semi-circle of a face on the bottom right (perhaps a moon/sun rising/setting?).
Accession # : U990.14.445
Width (cm) : 48.00
Height (cm) : 63.50
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : The ancient mythical Sea Bear is shown with man resting in his stomach. This is a traditional stylistic device used throughout North West Coast art indicating one animal transforming into another and also depicting the spirit forces within. The man-bear is surrounded by sea oceans forms with a rock on its side. The sea-bear used to represent power and wealth in sea otter skins among ancestral peoples. Frank has done a number of silkscreened prints of powerful designs in his own distinctive style. (Statement provided by Open Pacific Graphics)