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Artist / Maker : Thompson, Art ; Tsa Qwa Supp
Title : Northern Style Shaman's Mask
Date (Execution) : 1994
Geographical Origin : Whyac, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
Cultural Group : Coast Salish, Cowichan, Nuu-chah-nulth, Ditidaht
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Carved and painted alder with human hair
Support / Technique : assembled; carved; painted
Object Type : masks (costume); carvings (visual works)
Visual Description : This Tlingit/Haida style Shaman mask is painted red and black according to historical tradition. The pupils of the eyes and the mouth have been carved out. The areas around the eyes, to the cheeks, are painted red, whereas the nose, mouth, and chin are painted red. The forehead is painted with a Native design in black and red. There are eight holes lining the top of the mask, eight on either side (right and left). Inserted in these holes are tufts of light to dark brown human hair. The tufts range from short, close to the forehead, to longer strands. The hair graces the mask evenly on either side. Attached to the temples of the mask is a strand of animal hide, used to hold the mask in place when worn. The secondary motif, painted in red, denotes the rights and power of the Shaman to deliver a mesage from the supernatural world.
Accession # : U001.11.136
Width (cm) : 15.50
Height (cm) : 24.00
Depth (cm) : 8.50
Mandatory Credit : Gift of the Estate of Michael C. Williams
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