Vintage Northwest Ceremonial Tribal Mask
Vintage Pacific Northwest coast ceremonial tribal mask. Large painted wooden carved articulated mask known as the crooked beak of heaven was used in tribal ceremonies of the kwakiutl people in British Columbia and Vancouver. Constructed from lightweight cedar with straw hair on the back the crooked beak mask represents galugadza yi, one of the 4 cannibal birds that guard the 4 corners of the world in the dance of the Hamatsa. They all serve the great cannibal at the north end of the world, Baxwbakwalanuksiwe.
This vintage tribal wood carving would make a great addition to your unique home wall decor, Northwestern tribal collection, a great birthday or housewarming gift especially for a Kwakiutl collector.
The ears are removable and will be wrapped separately for safe transportation.
Wood carving measures 27" long by 19" tall by 7.5" deep and weighs 10b 3oz.
In very good functional condition, the beak articulates well (please see all pictures as they form part of the condition description).
Shop Ref: Fine Art Shelf
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