Betty D. Joe's, Baby Mosquito mask, miniature
- Nation: Kwakwaka’wakw (Kwakiutl) First Nations
- Artist: Joe, Betty Denis
- Type: Mask
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Beautiful little Gem!!! Start your collection of Betty's miniatures - I will be listing a lot more in the near future....
cute piece by female master artist Betty (Dennis) Joe: Miniature BABY MOSQUITO MASK
these are highly sought after - very collectable around the world.
Betty used cedar painted it so beautifully, adorned the little mask with the traditional cedar bark, clearly and easy recognizable as one of Betty's pieces of Art - so rich in expression. A real little Beauty!!! Signed at the back - very unique and special - makes an impression...
The craftsmanship is superb!
Measurements: 5" x 4 1/2" x 3 1/2 " (13 cm x 9 cm x 9 cm), 8 1/2" high incl. cedar bark
Meaning: Mosquitoes are viewed as enemies of humankind, often used in dances to annoy and poke people, they symbolize inconvenience, disturbance and irritation in your life. However, female mosquitoes are considered contributor to the cycle of life since they are taking our blood to nourish their babies while male mosquitoes mainly nourish from nectars.
Kwagiulth legend tells about the Mosquitoes as follows: "The Cannibal at the North end of the World" who was enticing all the humans with a rainbow colored smoke. He would then capture them. A clever Chief dug a huge pit fathoms of fathoms deep and tricked "The Cannibal at the North end of the World" who fell into the pit turning to rainbow colored ash. The Chief cast a spell on him saying; "You will no longer harm my people as 'The Cannibal at the North end of the World' but you shall be a Mosquito".