A Fabulous example of a hard to find Northwest Coast Owl Mask
For sale is a Native American Northwest Coast Owl Indian mask.
As in many cultures, NWC people believe that Owl has great powers of wisdom, foreknowledge, and perception. They are powerful spirits whose presence often signifies the approach of death. Owl sometimes aids Shamans in pursuit of the good.
Owls have large round eyes and in this case the carver used abalone shell for eyes.
They also have large beaks in a V shape as this mask depicts.
There are two painted ravens on either side of the forehead which is surrounded by cedar bark.
Hand written on the back of the mask is “BH 02.”
This large alder mask is 14″ H X 13 1/2″ and in very good condition.
The alder wood has certain characteristics that are part of the wood as can be seen in the photos.
Owl masks are hard to come by and this is a unusual and lovely mask.
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