OLD, Nootka, danced Wolf Headdress, 1960's
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A treat for every collector! This is an authentic, old, rigged, danced and just superb piece of true Indigenous Art and History
Classic, old style danced Nuuh-chah-nulth WOLF HEADDRESS
I would estimate it's age to be from the 1960's or earlier. Like most of the danced pieces, it's not signed so I don't know the artist. It has been danced and originates from the Nootka (Nuuh-chah-Nulth) First Nations. It still has the original "rigging" inside. This mask was made to be really endurable. It's completely hollowed out to keep it as light as possible. Therefore, it's possible, the dance it was used for is a very long one. There is a "secret dance" that was sometimes danced even at night on a beach. Not many are familiar of how important that dance is and it is reported, that no white person ever has seen it. (There is a very interesting book that tells you more about the Nuuh-cha-nulth traditions and history called "out of the mist by Dr. Martha Black - for all of those of you who are really interested in the history)
This wolf is hand carved out of cedar, painted in traditional colors, the eyes are inlaid with Abalone (Mother of pearl), the mask is adorned with the traditional cedar bark rope and decorated with cedar bark (which clearly shows signs of aging, some losses on the bark). The mask itself is still in very good condtion, showing minor signs use, nothing unexpected.
Measurements: 20" x 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" (51 x 22 x 22 cm)
A VERY SPECIAL PIECE!!!