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A fine portrait mask with slightly opened mouth, widened eyes and bundles of human hair attached to the top

Portrait Mask

Tsimshian
Northern Northwest Coast

ca. 1820-40

wood, paint, hair

height: 7 ½"
width: 7 ½"

Inventory # CN3207

Sold

acquired by the Thomson Collection now at the Art Gallery of Ontario


PROVENANCE

Private collection, England
Sotheby’s, New York, 06/24/04, lot 27

RELATED EXAMPLES     

Creation’s Journey: Native American Identity and Belief. Hill, Tom and Hill, Richard W. Sr. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1994.

Canadian Museum of Civilization, No. VII-B-10 - See: Down From The Shimmering Sky: Masks of the Northwest Coast, Macnair, Peter, Joseph, Robert, Grenville, Bruce. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1998, pl. 150

Indian Art of the Northwest Coast: A Dialogue on Craftsmanship and Aesthetics. Holm, Bill and Reid, Bill. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1975, pl. 91.