Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Haida or Nuu-chah-nulth (Nootka) peoples
  • mask, 1800s
  • Where object was made: District of Alaska (present-day Alaska), United States or British Columbia, Canada
  • wood, pigment, cedar bark, metal, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 17 x 23 x 30 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 6 11/16 x 9 1/16 x 11 3/4 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5529

The carved wooden mask depicts an animal, probably a wolf. The top of the head is gone, but the proper left eye and a portion of the proper right eye are present, with large plack pupils. The snout has a dark blue top and a red nose on the end. His mouth is slightly open, revealing four light colored canine teeth. It is black.

There are holes around the perimeter on the back, some of which have cedar bark strings.