Mosquito Mask by Janice Morin

Mosquito Mask by Janice Morin

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Exceptionally beautiful piece of Art by Janice Morin, a Cree/Coast Salish First Nation artist, Cree through heritage, Coast Salish through marriage, living and working on the Pacific Northwest Coast Salish territory for over 30 years. 

Mosquito Mask

truly just a wonderful expression, large piece, it has ears which are also richly carved - Janice truly puts all her love into this art. The details in the painting are gorgeous. You don't see Mosquito masks that often - especially not in this quality and strength. The Mosquito is used as a clan crest in some Northwest Coast tribes, such as the Haida and Gitxsan, and can sometimes be found carved on totem poles. The Cree tribe also has a Mosquito Dance among their tribal dance traditions, in which the dancers were traditionally pricked with pins. Janice used Alder wood, decorated the face with lots of black horse hair and the traditional cedar bark, the face also is adorned with the traditional cedar bark rope, just such an incredible piece of Indigenous Art!!!

Meaning: Like other biting insects, mosquitoes are viewed as enemies of humankind by many tribes, and some legends feature blood-sucking or man-eating monsters transformed into mosquitoes and biting flies after their deaths.

Measurements: 11" x 11" x 7" (28 x 28 x 17.5 cm), total height incl. cedar bark: approx 26" (66 cm)

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About This Artist

Janice Morin is a Cree, originating from Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan. She was born in 1957 and moved to Vancouver in British Columbia at the age of five. She has been living on the Northwest Coast since. Janice was introduced to Northwest Coast art...Artist bio and other available works »

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