Hee-hee-tel-kin/Deer Mask, by Chief David Mungo Knox
- Nation: Kwakwaka’wakw (Kwakiutl) First Nations
- Artist: Knox, David Mungo (Hereditary Chief)
- Type: Mask
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Hee-Hee-tel-kin/DEER Mask with large antlers, cedar, by the Kwakwakaw'wakw First Nations Master Artist and Chief David Mungo Knox. The mask describes an elusive high country stag with large antlers. This stag is mystical and rarely seen.
It's truly gorgeous - the painting is very clean and powerful, authentic antlers, it's articulated, adorned with cedar rope and prepared for wall hanging. Just see the expression! It's signed on the inside, dated 2018. The colors chosen fit perfectly - the mask shows highest quality carving - an excellent and unusual piece, perfect to add to any native art collection....and it makes every room! very impressive! The images don't do it justice.
Measurements: the deer itself is 19" x 9" x 7" without the antler (49 x 23 x 18 cm); including Antler it's 23" high (59 cm)
Meaning: For the native tribes of North America, the deer is an animal of power and a messenger. At the same time, the deer is representing sensitivity, intuition and gentleness. The hunt to the deer, is in some groups also associated with fertility. There is a Cherokee legend that tells how the deer procured its antlers after winning a race against a rabbit. The animals of the forest wanted to know which of the two was the fastest, but the rabbit cheated before the race and the deer won its antlers.