Thursday, March 15, 2012

Morrisseau's Painting Mikkinak, The Turtle

Mikkinak, The Turtle, 1989 [SOLD]
Acrylic on canvas, 48x30in, 121.92x76.2cm
Painted while the artist lived in the A-frame house at Aldergrove, BC on the Coghlan Art Studio property.
Private Collection, Maple Ridge, BC
Acquired from the artist

"Mikkinak, the ancient sacred turtle of the Ojibway shaking tent rites. The turtle was the interpreter of the demi-gods who came into the shaking tent ceremony performed by the shaman. The lines represent continuation, and the balls, the never ending circle of power." -from exhibition catalogue by Musée du Québec (now Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec), 1966
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