Rare Native American Indian Tlingit Eskimo Stone Petroglyph Shaman Canoe Serpent For Sale
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Very Rare Native North American
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).
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);
carving of what appears to be another sea monster on opposite side of
remnant polished carvings on opposite side of discoidal which appear to be fish
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
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.
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
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rare and very early Museum
Coast / Eskimo Alaskan Bearing Sea Region relief carvedpictograph
discoidal with hand carved figures, canoe and sea serpent.
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purchasing. Thank you.
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Rare Native American Indian Tlingit Eskimo Stone Petroglyph Shaman Canoe Serpent: $12,500