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Mattson, Curt  Search this
Skurja Art Castings  Search this
Sculpture: bronze; Base: concrete
Indian  Search this
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Administered by City of Palm Desert Community Arts/Art in Public Places 73510 Fred Waring Drive Palm Desert California 92260
Located Civic Center Park Entrance at Fred Waring Drive & San Pablo Drive Palm Desert California
1991. Copyrighted 1991. Dedicated April 25, 1992
Save Outdoor Sculpture, California survey, 1995.
Image on file.
(On sculpture, lower left in cursive script:) Curt D. Mattson/91 (copyright symbol) (Founder's mark appears on the lower right rear of the sculpture) (Incised on lower part of sculpture:) "MESSENGER OF THE PUUL" (On plaque:) MESSENGER OF THE PUUL/BY CURT MATTSON/DEDICATED APRIL 25, 1992 signed Founder's mark appears.
The information provided about this artwork was compiled as part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture database, designed to provide descriptive and location information on artworks by American artists in public and private collections worldwide.
Full-length male Cahuilla shaman stands on a round base. The figure has long hair and wears a loincloth. An owl, a guardian spirit who can predict future events, is perched on the figure's proper right shoulder. The base is stamped with a design of "xwalxwal" the Cahuilla word for "spider." The sculpture and base stand within a round planter.
Figure male--Full length  Search this
Ethnic--Cahuilla  Search this
Occupation--Religion--Shaman  Search this
Animal--Bird--Owl  Search this
Animal--Insect--Spider  Search this
Mythology--American Indian  Search this
Control number:
IAS CA001938
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums