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Object Number:NA8577
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Canada
British Columbia
Skeena River
Culture Area: Northwest Coast Culture Area
Plant Fiber
Height: 13.5 cm
Length: 40 cm
Width: 15 cm
Credit Line:Wanamaker Expedition to the Northwest Coast; Louis Shotridge, 1918
Other Number:SA 1 - Other Number


Carved and painted wooden mask or headdress in the shape of a long-billed bird's head. The beak is hinged and a twisted, plant fiber, string at the reverse causes it to open and shut. A large, red tongue is hidden inside the mouth. The mouth articulates through hinges on the back and pegs on either side. Eyes are carved in low relief and the entire mask is painted black, red, and green. Multiple pegs and peg holes are present in the top of the mask. Holes along the top and back of the mask indicate that, at one time, there was more structure present so that it might have been worn as a headdress.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

American Indian Life 1776-1976 ( Dec 1976 - 1978) View Objects in Exhibition


[Book] 1976. American Indian Life: 1776-1976.. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 26View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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