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Killer Whale Mask

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Kwakwaka'wakw artist, Killer Whale Mask, ca. 1900, wood, paint, cloth, and string, The Elizabeth Cole Butler Collection, no known copyright restrictions, 89.52.27

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Title

Killer Whale Mask

Artist

Kwakwaka'wakw artist (Kwakwaka'wakw)

Date

ca. 1900

Medium

wood, paint, cloth, and string

Dimensions (H x W x D)

14 in x 15 1/4 in x 56 1/2 in

Collection Area

Native American Art

Category

Northwest Coast

Ceremonial and Ritual Objects

Object Type

mask

Cultural Group

Kwakwaka'wakw

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Cole Butler Collection

Accession Number

89.52.27

Copyright

no known copyright restrictions

Terms

cloth

Kwakiutl

masks

Northwest Coast Native American styles

paint

string

The Elizabeth Cole Butler Collection

whales

wood

Location

Belluschi Building

Hoffman Wing

2nd Floor

Pat and Trudy Ritz Gallery

Description

Large masks, with articulated elements designed to add to the dramatic effect of the mask when it is used in a dance, are characteristic of the Kwagiutl. The dancer can manipulate the fins and mouth on this mask so that the whale would appear to be swimming.

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