Face Mask

Face Mask

mid-1800s

Alderwood

Overall: 21.4 x 17.2 x 8.9 cm (8 7/16 x 6 3/4 x 3 1/2 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1979.83

Description

In 1998, Robert Joseph, a Northwest Coast chief, recalled that when he donned ceremonial dance masks as a youth, "all the world is somewhere else...I am the mask...the bird...the animal..the spirit. I transcend into the being of the mask." Although this mask's identity is lost, it may represent a mythic ancestor of a Tlingit family and perhaps was worn during a winter ceremony.

See also
Department: 
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Alderwood

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