Object photography

View of the artwork on display in 'Intersections: Native American Art in a New Light'; Peabody Essex Museum; 2006 through 2012.
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Object description

  • Kaigani Haida artist
  • Mask, about 1827
  • Wood, pigment
  • Kasaan, Southeastern Alaska, United States
  • H: 10 1/4 in, W: 7 1/2 in, D: 4 in (H: 26.0 cm, W: 19.0 cm, D: 10.2 cm)
  • Gift of Daniel Cross, 1827
  • E3483
  • Displays a wonderfully expressive face
  • Made for sale during height of Pacific sea-otter fur trade

This mask likely represents Djilakons, mythical ancestress of the Haida Eagle clan. Around 1825, a single master carver sold this and several related works to mariners and missionaries. The mask, never intended for ceremonial use, represents one of the earliest examples of Northwest Coast souvenir art.