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MASK, WOMAN
NORTH AMERICAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 16 / 1120
Culture: HAIDA
Locale: BC
Country: CANADA
Material: WOOD
Dimensions: L:23 W:18 (in CM)
Subject: WOMAN
Acquisition Year: 1896 [PURCHASE]
Donor: KIRSCHBERG, S.
Keywords: MASK
Category: COSTUME
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Exhibition History:
BODY ART: MARKS OF IDENTITY. AMNH, NEW YORK, NY. November 1999 - May 2000
Exhibition Label: Portrait mask. Wood, hair, abalone shell, cotton, iron, paint. Haida. 19th century. Haida portrait masks represent actual people and were probably used in performances in which the person was “killed” and miraculously revived. The facial designs on this mask represent cumulous clouds and signify a spiritual link to natural forces. This mask also includes ear and lip ornaments.
Publication History:
CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE ETHNOLOGY OF THE HAIDA [OF QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS]. SWANTON, JOHN R. MEMOIRS. Volume 8. 1905
Additional Resources:
RECIPROCAL RESEARCH NETWORK (Online tool to facilitate reciprocal and collaborative research about cultural heritage from the Northwest Coast of British Columbia)


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