31" large Kwakiutl Hok-Hok Mask by Richard Baker
What a spectacular piece - Traditional, elegant and powerfull
Hok-Hok Mask, richly decorated with cedar bark as well as cedar bark robe, the beak is articulated and can be opened and closed through thin lining, nice clapping sound!
Signed by the Squamish First Nation (Coast Salish and Kwakwakaw'wakw) Artist Richard Baker, dated 2004
Measurements: 31" long, 8" wide, 8" high (without the cedar bark)
Meaning: The Huk-Huk (or Hok-Hok) is one of the mythological Hamatsa (Cannibal dance) bird masks. There are three of them: One is the Crooked Beak (Galokwudzuwis), a monsterous human eating bird that produces great fear. Then there is the Man-eating RAVEN (Baxbaxwalanuksiwe) who eats his victim's eyeballs - followed by The HUK-HUK (Huxwhukw) who uses it's long beak to crack open human skulls and suck out brains.
The mask has minor loss on the cedar bark and shows minor signs of gentle handling - beautiful piece
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