Arts & Cultures Database

 Contemporary Culture Collections » Burke Museum Objects » Object Details


Object #2004-2/193
Object nameMask
Culture of OriginHaida
Maker or ArtistReg Davidson
MaterialsWood, Paint, Horsehair, Fur, Operculum, Metal, Spring, Sinew, Brown, Black, White, Green, Red
TechniquesCarved, Painted, Glued
DimensionsL: 47.0 cm, W: 50.0 cm, D: 22.0 cm
Exhibit Label"Spirit of the Ancestors"-The Gagiit mask is a person that almost drowned and he was able to survive the cold waters but it changed him into a wild man. There are stories also of changing him back to human form again. - Reg Davidson

Masks like this one are used by several Haida dance groups today as their initial performance to clear the air-the dancers screaming when the frightening supernatural being enters the hall, appearing as a giant hairy monster. By chasing him out, the air is cleared, and the performance goes on.
SourceMr. Arthur B. Steinman
CreditGift of Arthur B. Steinman

Additional images are available:


Many artworks displayed in the Collection Search are protected by copyright or trademark. If you are interested in reproducing these images, please visit the Reproduction and Use Policy site.