The Leendert Van Lier Collection, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Leendert Van Lier (1910-1995) was a renowned dealer of fine and tribal art. He began with the firm Kustzaal Van Lier in 1950, on the Rokin in Amsterdam. Later he worked as a private dealer, from 1955 to 1961 in Utrecht, from 1961 to 1968 in Veere, Zeeland, and from 1968 until his death in Blaricum.
For a mask likely by the same hand collected on Haida Gwaii in 1879 by Israel W. Powell now in the Canadian Museum of Civilisation, Ottawa, No.VII-B-928A (S85-3284) See: Haida Art, MacDonald, CMC, Hull, Quebec, 1996, plate 53
Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon – See: A World of Faces, Masks of the Northwest Coast Indians, Malin, Timber Press, Portland, 1978, plate 55, for an example identified as Tsimshian
A similar portrait mask may be seen in a pre-1902 photograph taken at the Kaigani Haida village of Klinkwan (University of Washington Photography Collection, negative 457 – See: Pipes That Won’t Smoke, Coal That Won’t Burn, Sheehan, Glenbow Museum, 1981, pl. 11
Haida face painting such as that shown on this mask may be seen in an in situ photograph taken in 1890 at Skidegate by the Reverend Charles Harrison (CMC 71-6778)