Northwest Coast Wood Shaman's Mask, Tlingit, c. 1860/70s, male mask carved with naturalistic mouth with lips slightly parted, nose with hollowed nostrils, modeled cheekbones, and pointed oval eye rims beneath thick arching brows, the face forehead and chin painted in red with a goatee and black crest designs, the original cloth straps for wearing the mask attached, lg. 9 1/4, wd. 6 1/2 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 $30,000-40,000
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