ceremonial masks are an important aspect of the pacific northwest coast native culture. the masks depict animals, humans, forces of nature and mythical beings. the masks were commissioned by the chief and danced by the carver, which would increase the value of the mask as well as the status of the carver.the masks presently are carved strictly for decorative purposes, but there are still many which are made and danced for specific ceremonies. coastal peoples offers masks representing the nations of the western coastline, from the coast salish and nuu-cha-nulth in the south to the tlingit in the north. the use of colour and form varies from nation to nation, revealing each distinctive culture.the dimensions of this mask 12 1/4"X 7 3/4"X6 1/2" red cedar wood, cedar bark, acrylic paint artist unknown.
Regional & Ethnic Antiques