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Mask of Human/Bird face

Photo: Paul Macapia

Mask of Human/Bird face

ca. 1880

Forceful in both its sculptural and painted elements, the mask’s impression is one of a power being who commands attention. Above the eyes is a representation of the cedar bark head ring worn by the dancer, dyed cedar bark being a symbol of the kusiut (also called Winter Ceremonial).
Alder, red cedar bark, cotton cloth, hair, cotton twine, nails, and paint
12 x 8 x 8 1/2 in. (30.48 x 20.32 x 21.59 cm)
Gift of John H. Hauberg
Provenance: [Carlebach Gallery, New York, New York], in 1961; John H. Hauberg, Seattle, Washington, 1961-1991; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington
Photo: Paul Macapia
Now on view at the Seattle Art Museum


Exhibition HistoryVancouver, BC, Vancouver Art Gallery, Down from the Shimmering Sky: Masks of the Northwest Coast", June 4, 1998 - May 15, 2000

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, The Box of Daylight, September 15, 1983 - January 8, 1984
Published ReferencesThe Spirit Within: Northwest Coast Native Art from the John H. Hauberg Collection, Seattle Art Museum, 1995, pg. 186

Holm, Bill, Box of Daylight: Northwest Coast Indian Art, Seattle Art Museum, University of Washington Press, 1983, no. 41, p. 40, illus.

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