This mask comes from my personal collection, I have collected Native American art since the 1970’s. There are holes for the eyes, nose and mouth and it actually fits on your face. Masks are made from wood, primarily yellow cedar, red cedar and alder, which is then painted with three primary colors: black or blue, red, and white. Masks represent the animals and creatures of the four dimensions of the cosmos: the Sky World, the Mortal World, the Undersea World, and the Spirit World. Northwest Coast Native American ceremonial masks portray many different types of humans and animals including mythical creatures from Northwest Native legends. Some of the masks were portrait masks where they were created to represent particular persons. Animal masks had exceptional denotation for specific clans since all members of a tribe were apparently descended from particular animals. Today, masks can be part of this drama. The storyteller who wears the mask, became the spirit of what the mask represented, whether thats an ancestor, a bear, raven, or eagle. Many animals depicted by masks are themselves representative of particular traits or myths. The raven, for instance, can be a teacher or trickster, while the eagle mask is used to make a fresh path for dancers. Mask measures 9″ long x 7″ wide x 6 1/2 deep. Please ask before purchasing to avoid any misunderstandings. The item “Vintage Northwest Coast Humanoid Eagle Mask Wood Sculpture 1972 Sitka Alaska” is in sale since Wednesday, May 20, 2020. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Native American\ US\1935-Now\Masks & Headdresses”. The seller is “thisisit338″ and is located in Brighton, Colorado. This item can be shipped to United States.
- Handmade: Yes
- Modified Item: No
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
- Artisan: Unknown
- Provenance: I have owned this mask since 1972
- Origin: Sitka, Alaska USA
- Tribal Affiliation: Northwest Coast Indians