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Mask with Humanoid Face

Photo: Paul Macapia

Mask with Humanoid Face

ca. 1880

Masks with human features represent ancestors, warriors and supernatural beings that transform into humans.

When used at funeral ceremonies they depict the departed spirit being ushered into the next world, highlighting the boundaries between past and present; natural and supernatural realms.
Alder, red cedar bark, cotton cloth, paint
14 1/2 x 8 3/4 x 6 in. (36.83 x 22.23 x 15.24 cm)
Gift of John H. Hauberg
Provenance: Micheal R. Johnson, Seattle, Washington, until 1971; John H. Hauberg, Seattle, Washington, 1971-1991; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington
Photo: Paul Macapia
Now on view at the Seattle Art Museum


Published ReferencesThe Spirit Within: Northwest Coast Native Art from the John H. Hauberg Collection, Seattle Art Museum, 1995, p. 188

Robbins, Richard et al., Cultural Anthropology: A Problem-Based Approach, Toronto: Nelson Education, 2014, p.220

Robbins, Richard et al., Sociocultural Anthropology: A Problem-Based Approach, Toronto: Nelson Education, 2017, p. 242

Seattle Art Museum respectfully acknowledges that we are on Indigenous land, the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people. We honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future.

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