Large, vintage Thunderbird Transformation Mask by Doug LaFortune

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

Please contact us for price, don’t be shy – we are also open to offers and or trades. 


Photos of This Piece

$4,900.00 CDN

$4,204.69 USD

About This Artist

Doug LaFortune was born in Bellingham, Washington on August 25th, 1953. He is a member of the Coast Salish nation, which inhabits the southern region of British Columbia, Washington and Oregon. Doug takes the Owl as his family crest...Artist bio and other available works »

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