Rare Native American Indian Tlingit Eskimo Stone Petroglyph Shaman Canoe Serpent For Sale
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Very Rare Native North American Indian Northwest Coast Tlingit / Haida / Eskimo - Bearing SeaArtifact
SHAMAN WARRIOR STONE BISCUIT DISCOIDAL PICTOGRAPH in raised relief.
Possibly Late Paleo Period or Somewhat Later
withCarved & Polished Primitive Pictograph of Human Figures,
Canoe and Sea Serpent ("Sisiutl").
NOTE: A similarivory animal carving of a dog/wolf head (a sea serpent form with a dog/wolf head, and seal heads atthe opposite end of the carving)isin the Museum of the American Indian - the ivory carving attributed to the Eskimo, Bering Sea Culture, Alaska (ref.: pg. 51, exhibit #3 Adze Handle carved fetish ivory: see: "Indian Art in North America - the Arts and Crafts of the North American Indian", Frederick J. Dockstader, New York Graphic Society, 1961).
100% authentic and original.
Carved pictographs in raised reliefon stone disc as follows:
1. Running human figure holding a raised tomahawk (upper top of disc);
2. Human figure standing in a canoe holding up a spear in throwing position, aiming at a lengthy oblong sea serpent with ‘monster’ dog-head, teeth, eyes, and several fins (lower area of disc);
3. Remnant carving of what appears to be another sea monster on opposite side of discoidal.
4. Additional remnant polished carvings on opposite side of discoidal which appear to be fish and netting/trappings.
All of the carvings are very primitive in nature, and very old showing wear from aging process. Please take a close and studious look at GALLARY PHOTOS, including detailed ZOOM images and ENLARGED images.
SISIUTL: The Sisiutl is known among Northwest Indian Tribes as a sea serpent, also known as sea wolf, wasgo, haietlik, and other names. The biscuit style discoidal in this sale is of North American Northwest Coast origin, also documented similar specimen attributed to the Eskimo, Alaska Bearing Sea Culture, (op. cit.) .
The lower carving on the discoidal depicts a Native American Indian attempting to harpoon or spear a large sea creature known to the Tlingit, Haida and Kwakwaka’wakw tribes as “Sisiutl”, which was a dramatic supernatural creature often depicted as the double headed sea serpent in the highest ranking crests in the Kwagiulth culture. It is described as a snake – spirit of the water in the Pacific coast region of North America – which guarded the homes of the supernatural. The power it possesses allows it to shift shape and transform from animal to man at anytime. According native lore, a Sisiutl can change itself in to a self-propelled canoe which the owner must feed with Seals. Touching the serpent, or even looking at it can cause death. Shamans would try to kill the Sisiutl for its healing power and magic – and also because it was closely associated with war, strength, death and revival. Warriors would kill it to rub its blood on themselves to attain its skillful strength and become invulnerable. A warrior would often wear a head band or belt in the image of a Sisiutl to provide protection from harm. It was painted on the sides of canoes and hung over doorways to protect the inhabitants from evil spirits. The early Pacific Northwest tribes are absolutely convinced of its existence, as are the Inuits (another similar species of sea serpents). The Sisiutl has been depicted as a totem animal of several tribes, an honor shared only by the Thunderbird. Native representations of the creature depict an oblong serpentine animal with small forelimbs, fins, pointed teeth and a doglike or crocodilian head. The ancient Kwakiutl Tribe (Northwest British Columbia Coast, north of Bella Coola) describes catching such a beast by using split cedar traps which snap shut once the Sisiutl goes for the live bait, breaking its back but still able to cause serious damage to the hunters and their canoes.
AGE: not carbon dated, but probably not earlier than 12,000 years ago (the canoe was thought to have been in use/ invented by the Northwest Coast tribes at about that time). Given the archaic carved figures, the presence of the canoe and the Sisiutl, our own estimate of age of very late Paleo Era.
Shape/Dimensions: a round slightly oblong shape. Measures about 4 ½” inches (x) 4 ¼” inches. Circumference is about 13 ¾” inches.
Weight: weighs approximately 1 pound & 9 3/8th ounces, or about 718 grams.
This Native North American Indian artifact was given as a gift by a Native American Canadian Indian during the early 1960s, who was in a serious vehicle accident on a remote mountain passage and whose life was saved by a passing American motorist on a camping trip who happened to be a medical professional.
Condition: Very old. The carvings are worn/polished but can still be seen visually, and can be distinguished more pre-dominantly with photographic enhancement techniques (see Photo Gallary). There are no cracks or fissures to the specimen. Please see photos carefully for details including design, style, color and overall appearance. Additional photos available for viewing. Please contact seller BEFORE purchasing if any questions or concerns. Thank you.
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Extremely rare and very early Museum Quality Native American Northwest Coast / Eskimo Alaskan Bearing Sea Region relief carvedpictograph discoidal with hand carved figures, canoe and sea serpent.
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