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Forehead Mask of Raven

Forehead Mask of Raven

ca. 1880

A wide array of masks and headgear from coastal Native peoples feature Raven in many of his manifestations—culture hero, trickster, or supernatural being associated with family songs and dances. This elegant depiction of Raven carved in the skillful Nuxalk style was the property of a high-ranking man or woman who was a member of the sisaok society, sometimes referred to as the society of chiefs. The dancer’s regalia was associated with a special name, songs, and dance movements that were passed down and validated during potlatches.
Alder, red cedar bark, copper, pins, paint
Gift of John H. Hauberg
Now on view at the Seattle Art Museum


Exhibition HistorySeattle, 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. 182

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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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