For sale is a Northwest Coast Haida Dance mask depicting a woman with a labret.
A labret is an ornament worn in the lower lip: the larger a woman`s labret, the higher her rank.
This mask is adorned with hair and painted on both sides. The back of the mask has a raven which is one of the artists` crests.
However, the unique aspect to it is the “bite” on the back of the mask as shown in the photos. This allows the wearer to bite the mask while dancing at ceremonies. This mask has a bite mark indicating it has been used.
This signed mask is in very good condition with very minor wear. The dimensions are 8” H X 6” W.
Randy Pryce was born on February 24th 1952, in Queen Charlotte City and was brought up in Skidegate on Haida Gwaii. He comes from a long family line of Haida Master Carvers. His father is Norman Price, one of the few living legends of master carvers on Haida Gwaii. His family has close ties to Charles Edenshaw, Charles Gladstone and Bill Reid. Randy has the rights to wear the crests of the Killer Whale, The Grizzly Bear, The Eagle, Frog and Raven as well as the Hummingbird. Inspired and mentored by his father and grandfathers, Randy Pryce is mainly a self-taught master carver. He started carving argillite when he was 19 and after only 3 years the UBC Museum of Anthropology recognized his special talents and bought one of his panels.
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