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NORTHWEST COAST ANCESTOR MASK, CIRCA 19TH CENTURY.


This ceremonial mask is from the Nuu-Chah-Nulth (Nootka) Tribe of Vancouver Island, from the vicinity of Tofino, known as a "Changing" mask
commemorating the ancestors, Clayoquat Style. Strong artist's decorations remain in a beautiful fashion. The strength of the carving is superb.
Some tacks remain along the top of the forehead which once secured a feather & cedar bark headdress. An essay on this piece is included by
Steven C. Brown, an author and former Curator of Ethnographic Art at te Seattle Art Museum.

Dimensions
Height: 12-1/4 inches, (31.1 cm.).

Artist or Maker
Unknown Nuu-Chah-Nulth artist, however, one or two references state that it was made by Dr. Atlieu.

Medium
Wood, Native pigments

Date
1870-1880

Condition Report
Excellent.

Price $45,000

Exhibited
Anthropos Gallery, Laguna Beach, California

Literature
An essay regarding this mask written by Steven C. Brown, expert in Northwest Coast art, is included with this object.

Provenance
From a Private Oregon Collection.

Notes
Please read Steven C. Brown's historical essay on this mask.

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