Belt Item Number: A2510 a-c from the MOA: University of British Columbia

Description

Consists of central wooden plaque (part a), slightly concave, and two separate flat pieces that sit on the right (part b) and on the left (part c).Central portion is frontal face with clenched teeth and bulging eyes. Sides pieces are carved with serpent-like heads with protruding tongues, seen in profile. Pieces may originally have been joined with cloth strips. Metal loops on the back of each panel for hanging.

History Of Use

Sisiutl figured largely in Kwakwaka'wakw mythology and ceremonial life.

Iconographic Meaning

Sisiutl was a double-headed serpent, or lightning snake who was an assistant of Winalagalis, the War Spirit.