University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
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Object Number:29-175-649
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Kwakiutl
Provenience: Canada
British Columbia
Vancouver
Culture Area: Northwest Coast
Section:American
Materials:Wood
Cedar
Pigment
Abalone
Wool
Feather
Width: 15.1 cm
Outside Diameter:20.2 cm
Credit Line:Exchange with George G. Heye, 1917
Other Number:7/498 - Collector Number

Description

Three carved and painted wooden masks mounted on cedar bark band woven in checkerboard tech-nique backed and banded with red cloth. Masks represent "Sinsiutl", the double-headed serpent. Front one is full-faced, carved and painted in red, blue and black with carved and painted "plumes" attached to each side; eyes, nostrils and sharp jagged teeth of abalone shell. Side masks face back-wards and are carved and painted in blue and red; have a curved-back nose,red out-thrust tongue attached to mouth and "plume" attached to head. Black feathers sewed behind front mask; red on the side.


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