Large, vintage Thunderbird Transformation Mask by Doug LaFortune
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Vintage Thunderbird Transformation Mask, by master artist Doug LaFortune
Measurements: 23" long, 15" high, 15" wide - total 53" wide when opened!! (59 x 38 x 18 cm, 135 when fully opened)
dated: late 1980's
What a great piece - Transformations Masks are very difficult to find and this is a great example of a true, traditional piece of First Nations Art. The expression of the Thunderbird is really fabulous - so is the detailed carving in the human face. When the Thunderbird is closed, it also shows a second face underneath -
Since this is an old piece, it needed (and will probably need in the future) a little TLC, which Doug and his son Doug Horne (see images of both, father and son) provided. Both of them put a lot of energy and love back into it, mounted it on a board so it’s not quite as fragile and is now prepared for wall hanging. The mask does show signs of aging and handling - not surprising considering it's over 40 years old.
Meaning: The Thunderbird symbolizes supernatural power and is believed to be the dominating force behind all of nature’s doings. It's a mythical creature and only the most prestigious and powerful Chiefs are allowed to have the Thunderbird as a crest
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