- Materials: Silver 925 / Sterling Silver
- Artists: Robert J. Walsh
- Totem Symbols: Sea Sculpin
- Styles: Canadian First Nations
- Categories: Pendants
The Sculpine is a type of spiney fish found in local waters off the BC coast. It is a common family crest found in many West Coast Nations. The Sculpine is strongly connected to Komokwa the Undersea King; he plays the role of a spirit helper. It is also associated with copper and treasure, prestige and wealth. Impressive Sea Sculpin headdresses frequently crown the figures of powerful individuals, and it is often represented in winter dance ceremonies.
Robert J. Walsh
Robert was an adopted (Heiltsuk) Kwa-Guilth. He began his training with Patrick Seaweed in 1989 and has worked as a full time engraver since 1993. Over the years, he has worked with the Seaweed brothers, and Lancasters from Alert Bay. Now he works on his own from his studio in Victoria. Robert started carving wood, and quickly moved to silver and gold. Robert took up native art as a way to help teaching his children about their heritage. His work is distinguished by the evidence of his keen eye for design and attention to detail.