Lattimer Gallery is excited to be carrying an articulated and intricate Tuxw’id sculpture by famous Kwakwaka'wakw artist, Beau Dick.
|Beau Dick's Moving Tuxw'id Sculpture - $4,000.00 CAD|
Also known as Tokwit, this female figure is featured in the Kwakwaka’wakw’s War Spirit dance ceremonies. Tokwit is a girl, and she represents the power of the Kwakwaka’wakw people. One legend of Tokwit involves a ceremonial dance hosted by the Kwakwaka’wakw, to which other cultures were invited. The Kwakwaka’wakw dancers bring Tokwit out and, through illusion and the darkness of night, pretend to decapitate her. A carved wooden head in her likeness is thrown out into the crowd, to scare the spectators, and then collected by the dancers. Later in the evening, Tokwit re-emerges, with a red line around her neck, and all of the guests are in awe over the apparent powers of the Kwakwaka’wakw people to reanimate the dead.
|One of the Articulated Features of this Sculpture|
In Northwest Coast art, Tokwit is often represented as a young female painted entirely red, an allusion to this frightening legend of magic and deception. She also often sports a black beauty mark on her cheek. In this sculpture by Beau, Tokwit is standing behind a mortuary box containing a skeleton, representing both her ability to avoid death and the Kwakwaka'wakw Nation's ingenuity. This mysterious work measures 17" x 5 1/2" x 11" and is available for $4,000.00 CAD.