mask (dance & live theatre)

This mask, probably of red cedar, is carved with the bold volumes and sharp edges characteristic of the southern Northwest Coast, and especially of the Kwakwaka'wakw and Nuxalk. It was probably carved circa 1850 - 1920, and is a good example of a hawk mask. It is a crest mask, representing a chief's privilege and not a shaman's helper spirit. It is decorated with black and red pigment.

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