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Heiltsuk or Haisla mask painted green and red with large open mouth and round eyes - Donald Ellis Gallery


Heiltsuk or Haisla
Central British Columbia

19th century

wood, paint

height: 11 ½"

Inventory # N4082


acquired by The Audain Art Museum, Whistler, BC

An inscription on the back of the mask reads: “Wolfgang Paalen Collection, Moon Mask”


Wolfgang Paalen Collection
Merton Simpson Gallery, New York, NY (acquired June 1965)
Private Collection, New York Charitable Trust
Sotheby’s, New York (Sale N09151) May 21, 2014, lot 6


Objects of Bright Pride (Northwest Coast Indian Art from New York Collections), American Federation of Arts, New York, NY, July 11 – October 1, 1978
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH, November 19 – December 24, 1978
The Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO, February 4 – March 18, 1979
The Museum of Natural History of Los Angeles Count, Los Angeles, CA, April 22 – August 15, 1979
The Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA, September 21 – November 4, 1979
New Orleans Museum of Art, dates unknown