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Mask

ameelg “mask”
Language: Tsimshian

The red-orange dash marks on the face represent magic that you do not know is happening to you.

—David Boxley, 2009

This contemporary mask by David Boxley draws on a traditional Nighga design but includes the artist’s signature painting style and use of ultramarine blue. Masks, each associated with its own song, represent ancestors and spirits.

Culture: Tsimshian
Region: Annette Island, Southeast Alaska
Village: Metlakatla
Object Category: Ceremony
Dimensions: Length 29.5cm
Accession Date: 1998
Source: Priscilla M. King (donor)
Museum: National Museum of the American Indian
Museum ID Number: 254748.000