1960's Owl Mask by Jack James, Gilford Island

1960's Owl Mask by Jack James, Gilford Island

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Vintage, authentic and fascinating

OWL Mask - hand carved by First Nations artist Jack James who was born 1915 on Gilford Island, a member of the Kwakwakaw'wakw First Nation

The piece was given to a family in Alert Bay in 1965 and is on the market for the first time. The mask is in excellent condition, shows beauitful patina, no damages, no cracks. Signed at the back. 

Measurements: 12" x 9 1/2" x 7" (30.5 x 24 x 18 cm)

Meaning: The Owl is associated with the souls of the ancestors and are viewed with high respect. They symbolize wisdom, intuition and prophecies and sacred knowledge.  On the Northwest Coast, the owl is often used as a totem pole crest. It's also very often part of dances among the tribal dance traditions.

 

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About This Artist

Jack James was born around 1915 on Gwa'yasdams (Gilford Island). A member of the Kwakwakaw'wakw First Nation. He was the father and teacher of Basil James (1938 - 2005). A totem pole in his honour, carved by his son Basil, stands in the city of...Artist bio and other available works »

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