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Dzunukwa Mask

Northern Vancouver Island, BC

ca. 1840-60

wood, paint, bear hide, cotton thread
height: 12 ¾”

Inventory # CN4307



Charles Ratton, Paris, France Adolf Hoffmeister, Prague Sotheby's, New York, November 30, 1999, lot 260 Ziff Family Collection, New York, NY


Ralph C. Altman Memorial Exhibition, The Fowler Museum, UCLA, Los Angeles, 1968

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Temporary Loan, Cat. No. L.2015.31.5, May 2015 - September 2016


Andre Breton and Paul Eluard, ‘La Nuit Est Une Dimension’, in: Cahier d'Art, Paris "La Nuit Est Une Dimension", 1935, pg. 102

Forman, The Art of Four Continents, Prague, 1956

Forman, Exotic Art, London, 1956, pgs. 172 and 182


National Museum of Canada, Cat. No. VII-E-579 - See: Harner, Michael J. and Elsasser, Albert B. Art of the Northwest Coast. Berkeley: Robert H. Lowie Museum of Anthropology, 1965, pg. 83, for a mask collected at Alert Bay in 1922

Milwaukee Public Museum, Cat. No. 17359 - See: Macnair, Peter, Joseph, Robert and Grenville, Bruce. Down From the Shimmering Sky: Masks of the Northwest Coast. Vancouver: Douglas & MacIntyre, 1998, pg. 149, pl. 123

Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Cat. No. A6374 and A4034 - See: Hawthorn, Audrey. Art of The Kwakiutl Indians and Other Northwest Coast Tribes. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1967, pg. 155, fig.147

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO. (Ex. Collection Estelle and Morton Sosland), Cat. No. 2009.41.1 – See: Coe, Ralph T. Sacred Circles: Two Thousand Years of North American Indian Art. Kansas City: Nelson Gallery of Art, 1977, pg. 134, pl. 253

St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO (Ex. Collection Morton D. May), Cat. No. 269:1982

Denver Art Museum, Cat. No. NKx-30 – See: Malin, Edward. Indian Art of the Northwest Coast: The Cultural Background of Art. Denver Art Museum Quarterly Review, 1962, Fig. 23

Symbols of Prestige: Native American Arts of the Northwest Coast From Los Angeles Collections, (Ethnic Art Series, Number 3) Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1985, Cat. No. 44

Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Cat. No. 939.31.2 – See: Masks: The Many Faces of Man. Royal Ontario Museum, 1959, pl. A43 (Emmons Collection)

Provincial Museum, Victoria – See: Gunther, Erna. Indians of The Northwest Coast. Seattle: Washington State Museum, 1951

Rattle CN4313-146

Possibly Nuu-chah-nulth, Westcoast or Coast Salish
Vancouver Island, British Columbia

ca. 1820-40
Crest Headdress N3787

Northern British Columbia

ca. 1840