X65.4267 Mask

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Mask
Tsimshian peoples, British Columbia, Canada
19th century
Wood, shells
X65.4267; Gift of the Wellcome Trust.

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Description

This forehead mask with its sensitively detailed features is of a type used in a potlatch during initiation. It most likely represents a wolf, a dog, or a bear, all of which are depicted in ways that are more symbolic than naturalistic.

Gallery text, Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives, 2006

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