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U014.3.214
Artist / Maker : Henderson, Mark
Title : Sisiutl Holding Copper
Date (Execution) : 1992
Geographical Origin : Tłaʼmataxw (Campbell River); Vancouver Island; British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : Kwakwaka'wakw, Weiwaikum (Wiweḵʼa̱m)
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : Paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Mythical animal form holding an object in its middle, which is the centre of the composition.
Accession # : U014.3.214
Width (cm) : 51.00
Height (cm) : 49.00
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : The Sisiutl, a double-headed serpent, is one of the most powerful of the supernatural helpers. It is far more awesome than an ordinary snake, said to be four feet in diameter and up to twenty feet long. It is all the more dangerous because it can shrink itself to a tiny fraction of its true length. The body has an identical head at each end with a human face midway between. The Sisiutl is generally regarded as a symbol of great strength. In this rendition, Mark shows a pair of serpent 'hands' and a pair of human hands holding a copper- an important symbol of wealth used in potlatch ceremonies. The Sisiutl is one of Mark's family crest figures. (Statement provided by Pacific Editions)