Bukwus Mask by Sam Johnson, 1960's
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This old Mask by Sam Johnson from Gilford Island has a very powerful expression and very easy recognizable as one of his pieces. The exact age is unknown, but it was carved around the 1960's. The carving proofs the superb craftsmanship of a master carver.
The Measurements are: 10 1/2" tall, 10" wide and 6 1/2" deep (27 x 26 x 16.5 cm)
Similar to other Northwest Coast artists, Sam Johnson did not often sign his artwork. However, it can be identified through his specific technique. Johnson used tools, such as a compass and straightedge, in order to make precise and symmetrical compositions which can be seen on his artwork.
Meaning: The Bukwus or Pukmis is a supernatural ghost like figure, also known as the Wild Man of the Woods or the Man of the Sea is associated with the spirits of those who have drowned. He lives in an invisible house in the forest and attracts the spirits of those who have drowned to his home.