Tlingit/Kwagiulth Dilaka mask by Kolten Khasalus Grant - SOLD

Tlingit/Kwagiulth Dilaka mask by Kolten Khasalus Grant - SOLD

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Superb quality! This mask is truly a attractive and captivating piece of art

Title: Dilaka - a tribute to the Salmon eating people of the Northwest Coast by artist Kolten Khasalus Grant, a member of the Kwakiulth First Nation with relations to the Baker family. 

Kolten used a stunning piece of red cedar, please have a close look at the grain, its just brilliant. On the left side it's very prominent while the grain on the right side of the face is very fine... Kolten saw that right away when he started the mask and used it accordingly to give it even more expression. You can tell he loves his art! The painting is done in a soft green - the salmon is painted in the negative space. different and gorgeous. And as always - I'm just in love with the eyes of Kolten's masks - they are just looking right at you, astonishing! Black horse tail hair. Operculum teeth!

Measurements: 12" x 10" x 6 1/2"

Meaning: The Salmon symbolizes prosperity, renewal and fertility. They are one of the most important and highest respected animals of all since they have been the primary food source from the beginning of time to the Northwest Coast First Nations.

Legend: The Pacific Northwest Coast people believed that Salmon were actually humans with eternal life how lived in a large house far under the ocean. In the Spring, they put on their Salmon disguises and offered themselves to the villagers as food. The tribes believed that when entire fish skeletons were returned to the sea, the spirits would rise again and change into Salmon people. In this way, the cycle could begin again the following year. Since the villagers feared that the Salmon people would not be treated respectfully by White people who had no knowledge of the taboos and regulations, they did not want to sell Salmon to the first White men.

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About This Artist

Kolten Khasalus Grant was born in 1992 and raised on the Capilano reserve in North Vancouver (Xwemélch'stn) with relations to the Baker family. Khasalus or Kasa'las means "Walking tall” in Kwakwakawakw, Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw,...Artist bio and other available works »

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