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Object Name: Mask
Culture: Tsimshian peoples
Place of Origin: British Columbia, Canada
Date/Era: 19th century
Medium/Materials: Wood, shells
Credit Line: Gift of the Wellcome Trust.
Accession Number: X65.4267
This forehead mask with its sensitively detailed features is of a type used in a potlatch during initiation. It most likely represents a wolf, a dog, or a bear, all of which are depicted in ways that are more symbolic than naturalistic.
Source: Gallery text, Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives, 2006