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NA-3830. 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.

sold

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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