This Sea Monster or Yagis with Sculpin Mask is carved from red cedar and painted by Bill Henderson from the Kwakwaka´wakw or Kwakiutl Nation.
Yagis is one of many Kwakwaka'wakw Sea Monsters capable of causing storms, waves, and dangerous whirlpools. The dance of the Yagis is characterized by movements akin to a Sea Mammal, surfacing and breathing. The copper and abalone on this mask are also indications of great wealth.
The Sculpin Symbol is a widespread family crest used by families from the Haida, the Kwakwaka´wakw, Kwakiutl or Kwaguilth People as well as families from other West Coast Nations. The Sculpin is closely associated with Komokwa, the King of the Undersea World.
Find more information about and examples of The Sculpin Northwest Coast First Nations symbol.
The mask is 17 inches or over 43 centimeters long, 12 inches or over 30 centimeters wide and 11 inches or 28 centimeters deep. The mask is carved in red cedar, painted in acrylic and features cedar bark, 17 abalone onlays, 4 pieces of copper and a fully carved Sculpin on top. The Sculpin alone is 12 1/2 inches or 32 centimeters long, up to 8 inches or over 20 centimeters wide and 4 inches or over 10 centimeters high.
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