Komokwa (Chief of the Sea) with Sea Lion Guardians Mask by Randy Stiglitz, Coast Salish Nation
Mask Depicting Komokwa (Chief of the Sea) with Seal Lion Guardians by Randy Stiglitz, Coast Salish Nation red cedar, cedar bark, pigment 23" tall x 21" wide x 9" deep
Komokwa is King of the Undersea World, Master and Protector of the seals, who are a symbol of wealth. His name means "wealthy one," and he rules from a great long house under the water. His house posts were live sea lions, which guarded the entrance. The house contains great wealth in blankets, coppers, and other treasures. This house is guarded by sea monsters, who will create rising tides and whirlpools if humans attempt to reach Komokwa's kingdom.
Coast Salish Nation artist Randy Stiglitz was born in 1953 in Lesquiti Island, British Columbia. Randy’s family moved to the Capilano Indian Reserve at the age of eight and he began carving at the age of 15 under the guidance of local artists.
Randy credits the late master carver and hereditary chief Henry Hunt Sr. as being the single biggest influence in his unique carving style. Randy has now been carving for over 40 years and is a highly regarded artist, and master carver in his own right.
Randy continues to explore the carving traditions of the Salish, Kwakwaka’wakw and Tlingit cultures in tandem with his wife Janice Morin, who is herself a highly accomplished Coast Salish artist.His work emphasizes technique and detail, rather than specific cultural styles, and is most of all noted for his personal style seen in each piece he creates.