Northwest Coast, Tlingit / Face Mask / mid-19th centuryNorthwest Coast, Tlingit
Face Mask
mid-19th century

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Creator Nationality: North American; Native American; Tlingit
Creator Name-CRT: Northwest Coast, Tlingit
Title: Face Mask
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1830
Creation End Date: 1870
Creation Date: mid-19th century
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: alderwood
Dimensions: Overall: 21cm x 17cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1979.83
Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
Provenance: de Menil, Houston; (Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc., sale #4291, lot #348)
Style or Period: Northwest Coast, Tlingit
Context: This mask may represent an ancestor, with clan emblems painted on the face. Masks were used in elaborate community ceremonies and dances performed during the winter months, when most food-gathering activities were finished.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1979.83
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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