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Face Mask

29 1/2 x 18 x 11 in. (74.9 x 45.7 x 27.9 cm)

Unknown, Nuxálk
First Peoples (Canada)

Object Type: Sculpture
Medium and Support: Wood, paint
Credit Line: Gift of Isabel C. Herdle
Accession Number: 1984.45
Location: Currently on view
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The Nuxalkmc (Nuxálk people) were once referred to as the "Bella Coola." Their homeland and territory are located in and around the Bella Coola valley on the central coast of what is now known as British Columbia, Canada. A rugged inland area located 75 miles from the Pacific Ocean, the region features high mountains rising steeply from the shores of inlets. Nuxálk traditional stories are filled with fabulous beings, many human in form and represented by masked performers in ceremonial dance dramas. Both natural and commercial pigments were used in the decoration of masks, and the characteristic blue, vermilion and black painting is dramatic and distinctive. Very little is known about this mask that is too large to have been worn.
[Gallery label text, 2009]

Provenance
Isabel Herdle, Rochester, NY, ca. 1960; her gift to the Gallery in 1984

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