This outstanding Bella Coola Mask represents one of the most elaborate and unique sculptural traditions among the tribes of the Northwest coast. The naturalistic zoomorphology of the headdress coupled with the rhythmic polychromy of its surface create a striking transformation mask used to dramatize family myths in the ceremonial complexes.
Manufacturer: Bella Coola (Nuxalk) peoples, British Columbia, Canada
Robert Duperrier, Paris (acquired c. 1970)
Private Collection, France
Private Collection, USA