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MASK, SUN
NORTH AMERICAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 16 / 1507
Culture: NUXALK
Locale: BC
Country: CANADA
Material: WOOD, PIGMENT, PLANT FIBER, METAL
Dimensions: D:63 (in CM)
Subject: SUN
Acquisition Year: 1897 [EXPEDITION]
Donor: JESUP, MORRIS K.
Collector: HUNT, GEORGE & BOAS, FRANZ
Keywords: MASK
Category: COSTUME
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This mask from the Bella Coola (Nuxalk) representing the ancestral sun was probably used on ceremonial occasions as a theatrical prop or worn by dancers. It was collected by Franz Boas and George Hunt in 1897 during the Museum's Jesup North Pacific Expedition. It is one of the best-known Northwest Coast artifacts in the AMNH collections. It has been exhibited and published numerous times and is on permanent display in the Northwest Coast Hall.
Exhibition History:
DOWN FROM THE SHIMMERING SKY. VANCOUVER ART GALLERY, VANCOUVER, CANADA. October 1997 - May 2000
Publication History:
NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN. MURDOCH, DAVID. Publisher: EYEWITNESS BOOKS - ALFRED A. KNOPF. 1995
DOWN FROM THE SHIMMERING SKY: MASKS OF THE NORTHWEST COAST. MACNAIR, PETER, JOSEPH, AND GRENVILLE. EXHIBITION CATALOG. Publisher: THE VANCOUVER ART GALLERY. 1990
FROM THE LAND OF THE TOTEM POLES. JONAITIS, ALDONA. 1988
AMERICA'S FASCINATING INDIAN HERITAGE. MAXWELL, JAMES, EDITOR. Publisher: READER'S DIGEST. 1978
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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