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.
Provenance:
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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