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frontal view of a historic Tsimshian owl mask with articulated open beak
profile view of a painted Tsimshian owl mask painted in red and blue vermillion with articulated beak

Owl Mask

Tsimshian
Northern British Columbia

ca. 1840-60

wood, black, red vermillion paint

height: 12"

Inventory # N4085

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acquired by the Elspeth McConnell Collection, now at the Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, BC


Provenance

The surrealist Maria Martins, acquired in New York in the 1940’s

Related Examples

​Brown, Steven C. Spirits of the Water: Native Art Collected On Expeditions to Alaska and British Columbia 1774 – 1910. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2000, pg. 151

Wardwell, Allen. Tangible Visions: Northwest Coast Indian Shamanism and its Art. New York: The Monacelli Press, 1996, pg. 131