Double-Headed Serpent, Sisuitl George Price

Year
2004
Medium
Wood
Size
25 × 86 × 8 inches
63.5 × 218.4 × 20.3 cm
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This wall-mounted wooden mask of "Sisuitl," is painted in bright blue, green, burnt umber and white with shell at the eyes. Writer Audrey Hawthorn explains "Sisuitl": "Double headed serpent whose body was a face, played an important part in the ritual of Winalagilis, the war spirit. This mythological creature was the warrior's assistant. It could be ridden and rowed like a canoe; its flesh was impervious to any spear; it could inflict instant death by its glance; and it could cause any enemy who looked upon it to be turned to stone, with all his joints turned backwards." Price is a Coast Salish wood carver from Sea bird Island, BC. He relocated to the Thunder Bay area in Ontario where he married Audrey Deroy-Gagnon, an Anishinaabe. Price works as a teacher and continues to carve masks and totem poles. He was assisted in the creation of "Sisuitl" by his wife, Audrey.

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