NA-3721. A NORTHWEST COAST CEREMONIAL MASK FROM THE ANDY WARHOL COLLECTION
This 19th Century mask
from the Nuu-Chah-Nulth (Nootka) Tribe was used extensively in Native Canadian
Ceremonies on Vancouver Island.
It represents a type compared in Kwakwaka'wakw (Kwakiutl) tribal lore to Bakwas, or "The Wild Man of the Woods". The carving
and pigments are from a significant artist of this era. The old pigments are well preserved without any perceived restoration.
The black painted hide eye covers were manipulated by the dancer during the ceremonial by strings behind the mask. The eyes show
beneath the lid covers, revealing excellent and sensitive carving in a dramatic fashion, of which drama was the focus
during the ceremonials. This mask comes with a custom metal stand.
Height: 10.75 inches; 27.3 cm.
Artist or Maker
Unknown Nuu-Chah-Nulth Artist of the 19th Century.
Wood, Hide, Native & Trade Pigments.
3rd to 4th Quarter of the 19th Century.
Normal wear and tear for a 150+ year old mask. Fine patina, much evidence of native usage.
Sotheby's New York, April 1988.
The Andy Warhol Collection of American Indian Art, Sotheby's, New York, April 28th, 1988.
Ex-Collection of Andy Warhol.
Andy Warhol's property was highly respected when it came to auction in 1988. This is a fine example of
a well preserved Nootka mask, although usually destroyed after a few uses.
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