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U990.14.614
Artist / Maker : Paul, Tim
Title : Atlinyuk Double Headed Serpent
Date (Execution) : 1985
Geographical Origin : Zeballos; Vancouver Island; British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : Nuu-chah-nulth, Hesquiaht
Style / Period :
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Apparently an image of a serpent, a head at each end of its body, entangling a human. The human is printed in black and red, the serpent in yellow, green, red and black on white paper. The image is encircled by an elongated green octagon.
Accession # : U990.14.614
Width (cm) : 54.00
Height (cm) : 37.50
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : "In West Coast (Nootkan) mythology the Double Headed Serpent is a figure of the supernatural world. This serpent moved in one direction only and left slime and sometimes scales behind him. If a man had an encounter with the Double Headed Serpent he would seek to recover a scale which would bring him power. Even finding a scale of this serpent was rare and brought great fortune. Such a lucky man was assured of becoming a good hunter and fisherman, as well as very wealthy. The Double Headed Serpent is different from the Kwakiutl Sisiutl, and is not frequently depicted or mentioned in West Coast stories. Tim's Double Headed Serpent is enclosed in a brightly coloured octagonal border with geometric shapes derived from the old art. The combination of the man figure and the Double Headed Serpent represents the supernatural side of mankind." Statement provided by Vincent Rickard, Pacific Editions.