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.
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.
Wood, Native pigments
Anthropos Gallery, Laguna Beach, California
An essay regarding this mask written by Steven C. Brown, expert in Northwest Coast art, is included with this object.
From a Private Oregon Collection.
Please read Steven C. Brown's historical essay on this mask.
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