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Object description

  • Nuxalk (Bellacoola) artist
  • Mask, before 1884
  • Wood, paint
  • British Columbia, Pacific Northwest Coast, Canada
  • H: 10 in, W: 8 in, D: 7 5/8 in (H: 25.4 cm, W: 20.3 cm, D: 19.4 cm)
  • Gift of the Smithsonian Institution, 1884
  • E3485


This is a carved mask representing Klah, the bear. The creature has protruding ears and snout. The mouth is set back behind the snout. The mask is perforated only at the eyes. The colors of the mask are natural wood with blue on the chin, around the eyes and in cross-hatchings. The eye brows, which wrap around the side of the head, are painted black. There are two snakes on either side of the mask carved at the top above Klah.