29" Killer Whale Mask by Peter Smith - SOLD
- Nation: Kwakwaka' wakw art, Kwakiutl art, native artists Vancouver Island
- Artist: Smith, Peter
- Type: Mask
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What an excellent piece of art!
29" tall Killer Whale Mask by Peter Smith, a member of the Kwakiulth First Nation, originating from Gilford Island. Peter is very passionate about his culture and traditions and is proud to say that he has Hereditary Chief standing passed on to him from his father, the late Chief Charles Smith.
This really is highest quality carving, it's a very powerful and impressive Mask, fully hand carved, cedar. Peter's works are easy recognizable due to his mixture of traditional and contemporary as well as his attention to detail and expression, clearly showing his 25+ years of experience. The carving lines are superb, the painting traditional yet vibrant. Peter's work is highly sought after across the world, sold in only the finest galleries - AND one of his pieces is in the Burke Museum collection, very special.
The Killer Whales' expression is fabulous, the painting lines are extremely clean. The Whale's teeth are made of shell, Peter put so much work into this one. Even the back of the mask is clean and finished - that's how you can also recognize a master artist who loves his work. Sometimes masks are "rough" at the back - not this one!! The pectoral and dorsal fin's are attached, as is the whale's tale. The mask is adorned and decorated all around with lots of traditional cedar bark - just truly a magnificent piece of Indigenous Art. Signed by the artist at the back.
Measurements: 29" tall, 24" wide, 9" deep
Meaning: The killer whale is a symbol for romance and harmony as Whales mate for life. The Whale is very family oriented and known to travel in large groups, never to be alone. They symbolize great luck and happiness, community and protection. They are a known to always be working together, take care of each other and to always help and protect each other.
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