Northwest Coast Wood Shaman's Mask, Tlingit, c. 1860/70s, female mask carved with naturalistic mouth with lips slightly parted, nose with hollowed nostrils, modeled cheekbones, and pointed oval eye rims beneath thick arching brows, with painted facial decoration, a labret in bottom lip, the facial decorations look like red-shafted flicker tail feathers, the original cloth straps for wearing attached, lg. 9 1/4, wd. 6 in.
Provenance: Medford Public Library Collection, Medford, Massachusetts; collected by James G. Swan, gifted to the library by Swan, September 28, 1880.
Note: According to Steve Brown, this mask may have been part of a larger set, and may have been made for a shaman's spirit helper. Estimate $30,000-50,000
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