From: Canada | British Columbia | Naas River Region

Curatorial Section: American

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Object Number NA8515
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Tsimshian
Provenience Canada | British Columbia | Naas River Region
Culture Area Northwest Coast Culture Area
Section American
Materials Wood | Pigment | Copper | Abalone | Fur

Carved and painted wooden mask, "Ghost." The face is painted green with black eyebrows. Eyes are made from discs of either brass or copper. The lips are made from copper plates and the tongue, also made from copper, sticks out between abalone shell teeth. Wrinkles are carved around the lips. A segment of white fur is attached to the side of the mask, possibly used as a strap to affix it to the wearer's head. Rectangular slots along the top and sides of the mask likely originally held abalone shell inlay. A series of holes drilled along the edges of the mask may indicate that it was part of a larger headdress.

Length 25 cm
Width 22 cm
Credit Line Wanamaker Expedition to the Northwest Coast; Louis Shotridge, 1918
Other Number 526 - Other Number

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