Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Nuu-chah-nulth (Nootka) or Salish maker
  • mask, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: Washington, United States or British Columbia, Canada
  • wood, fur, paint, cloth, string, plant fiber, carving, weaving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 50 x 42 x 22 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 19 5/8 x 16 1/2 x 8 5/8 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5534

According to notes from Bill Holm, this is a set with 2007.1374 (76-C-1).

The mask has a white human-like face. It has round, bulging black eyes with red around them and thick black lines for eyebrows. There is a red triangle on either cheek with a thick black border. The red mouth appears open, but there is a black bird's head, mouth slightly open, with the beak in place of the human face's nose. There is another black bird with a yellow beak on the forehead of the main face. There is a red panel below the face, with a raised black area down the center. There is grey-brown fur around the perimeter of the face.

There is a large bundle of unbleached cloth around the perimeter, inside the fur. There is a rope of twisted plant fiber on either side of the head and one at top with a woven strip, to hold the mask in place. There is a black cloth strip as well.