Whale Mask

About this object

Iconographic meaning

May represent killer whale: max'inux. Owner called it a Blackfish mask.

Physical description

Mask or headdress representing a whale with moveable dorsal fin, tail fin, and pectoral fins, a large flat mouth with a movable lower jaw, and cylindrical nostrils. The mask is painted black with concentric circles and ovals on the sides and head in white and red. The face is painted with black eyebrows,bordered in red and white, green around the eyes, black with an abstract white design on the cheeks, red and black designs above the white and red nostrils, black above the upper lip, and red lips. The fins are painted with designs in black, red, and white. Original tail flukes have been replaced by plain wooden carved pieces with painted and sewn cardboard cut-outs attached above.