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Carved and painted Tlingit forehead mask with abalone shell inlay in eyes, teeth, forehead and ears
Profile view of Tlingit forehead mask with abalone shell inlay in eyes, mouth, ears and forehead with painted hide side wings

Forehead Mask

Tlingit
Southeast Alaska

ca. 1780–1820

wood, paint, abalone shell, hide

height: 12"

Inventory # N3886

Sold

acquired by The Audain Art Museum, Whistler, BC


Provenance

Julius Carlebach, New York, NY, 1960
The Allen and Sally Wardwell Collection, New York, NY

Exhibited

Art Institute of Chicago, “Yakutat South: Indian Art of the Northwest Coast”, March 13 to April 26, 1964
Robert H. Lowie Museum of Anthropology, “Art of the Northwest Coast”, March 26 to October 17, 1965
Baruch College, New York, “The Indian Space Painters”, 1991

Published

Yakutat South: Indian Art of the Northwest Coast, Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, 1964, pg. 32, pl. 55
Art of the Northwest Coast, Harner, Berkeley, Robert H. Lowie Museum of Anthropology, 1965
The Indian Space Painters, New York, Baruch College, 1991, pg. 30
Tangible Visions, Wardwell, New York, Monacelli Press, 1996, pg. 104, pl. 81
Donald Ellis Gallery catalogue, 2012, pl. 3

Related Example

For a mask likely by the same artist see: Wardwell, Allen. Tangible Visions: Northwest Coast Indian Shamanism and its Art. New York: The Monacelli Press, 1996, pg. 129, no. 120

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