Gray Whale Mask, superb masterpiece by Watawidi, Tom D. Hunt
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Incredible piece of true Indigenous art! This is a rare opportunity to get one of Tom's early pieces, it's dated 1987
GRAY WHALE Mask by Kwakiulth First Nation Master artist Watawidi Tom D. Hunt - absolutely superb craftsmanship
Solid piece of cedar, fully hand carved, fully hand painted, designed and signed by the artist!
On top of the amazingly detailed and deep carved Whale Man Mask is a Gray Whale, showing in full 3D, carved all around, deep, detailed, clean lines, the painting is close to perfection. Please have a close look at the images, I'm providing close-ups but still, the images don't do it justice!! The gray whale's face on the Mask's forehead is adorning it with the body and tail of the whale coming down on each side. Tom carved this piece in the 80's, it's of course signed and dated at the back and it's in excellent condition. The quality of the carving is outstanding, done with so much love and respect for the artwork as well as for the history of the peoples.
Also, please have a look at the back of the mask, it's not just left raw, but fully carved and finished instead, sanded and painted rim on the back. Just another detail that differentiates a true master of this art from others. The 3D whale on top is moveable. It’s held by a wooden peg.
Measurements: 28" tall in total, 11" wide, the whale sculpture on top is 13" long
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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