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Exceptional black Tsimshian face mask with red lips, nose and eyes and hide strips marking eyebrows and bears
Historical Tsimshian face mask in black with red open mouth, nose and eyes and hide strips marking eyebrows and beard
Profile view of a rare blackened Tsimshian face mask with mouth, eyes and nose outlined in red paint and hide strips indicating eyebrows and beard

Face Mask

Northern British Columbia

19th century

wood, paint, hide

height: 9 ⅝"

Inventory # CN4361


acquired by The Audain Art Museum, Whistler, BC


Collected by Lieutenant G.T. Emmons (1852-1945) at Kincolith, Nass  River, British Columbia, in 1907
Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation, New York, 1/4218
Robert L. Stolper, Stolper Galleries of Primitive Arts, New York
Leonard Lasser Collection, Windsor, Connecticut
The Wellman Collection
Sotheby’s New York, June 4, 1997, lot 228
George Shaw, Aspen, Colorado
William and Ann Ziff collection, New York, NY
Christie’s Paris, October 30, 2019, lot 40


Mirski, B. Art of the Northwest Coast Indian from the Lasser Collection. Boston: 1972, pgs. 21-22