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DescriptionA Kwakiutl Engraved Silver Cuff Bracelet
Lloyd Wadhams, Sr.
silver, with etched signature, L. Wadhams, Kwakiutl
Engraved with a depiction of a Sisiutl,, a powerful double-headed mythological creature, a sea serpent that symbolizes duality and contradiction. While "its glance can kill or turn an enemy into stone ... Sisiutl is also a spirit helper who is called upon to make warriors powerful and invulnerable," Shearar, Cheryl, Understanding Northwest Coast Art, p. 97.
Lloyd Wadhams, Sr. (1938 - 1992) picked up the tradition of wood carving in the 1950s. Silver became his medium of choice by the 1970s. He was famously commissioned to carve a chalice for Pope John Paul II's visit to Ottawa in 1984. His son, Lloyd Wadhams, Jr. (b. 1967), carries on the carving tradition, working in wood and silver today. The elder Wadhams' work has appeared in the Elizabeth Cole Butler Collection as well as in the permanent collection of the Portland Art Museum.
North by Southwest, The Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science, Tallahassee, FL, 2010
From the Spirits: Native Art of the Americas, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Winter Park, FL, 1992
Width: 2 ½ inches
Estimate: $800 - $1,200.
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