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Mask portraying the spirit of the sea who protects seals

Kwa_3.9.Maskportrayingthespirit_hero

About

The Kwakiutl are one of some 20 diverse communities known collectively as the Kwakwaka’wakw, united by a common language. In Kwakwaka’wakw mythology, animal imagery may indicate a close family association, even common ancestry, which confers supernatural powers and special privileges.

This ceremonial mask, with a killer whale at the top, was collected by George Hunt in 1897. It depicts Kumugwe or Chief of the Sea, an important figure in Kwakiutl mythology, the strongest power in the sea and the embodiment of great wealth.

Exhibition Text

Mask portraying the spirit of the sea who protects seals. The figure at the top of the mask on the left is a killer whale

Collection Information

Catalog No: 16 / 2370 Field No: 4
Culture: KWAKWAKA'WAKW
Locale: BC, FORT RUPERT
Country: CANADA
Material: WOOD, METAL (IRON), CLOTH, RUBBER, PIGMENT, CORD, FEATHERS
Dimensions: L:79 W:36.5 H:54 WITH CLOTH L:112 [in CM]
Subject: KUMUGWE' (CHIEF OF THE SEA)
Acquisition Year: 1897
Donor: HUNT, GEORGE & BOAS, FRANZ, PROF.
Collector: HUNT AND BOAS?

See this object in the Anthropology Collections Database