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Rabbit mask

Photo: Elizabeth Mann

Rabbit mask

20th century

Fractured teeth reinforce this rabbit’s startling expression, one that appears both comical and gruesome at the same time. Animal spirits in Bwa culture are believed to have distinct personalities whose masked form is manipulated to impart lessons. One can only imagine the dance steps, music, and behavior that an errant rabbit masquerader would engage in.
Height: 18in. (45.7cm)
Gift of Dr. Oliver E. and Pamela F. Cobb
Photo: Elizabeth Mann
Now on view at the Seattle Art Museum

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