Lot 11
  • 11

Tlingit Polychromed Wood Mask

175,000 - 225,000 USD
bidding is closed


  • wood
composed of carved wood and pigments, probably a representation of a human/hawk hybrid; pierced twice at each side and tied with hide straps for suspension. 


The Altman Collection, Los Angeles, California

Sold Sotheby's, New York, May 23, 2008, Lot  16

Acquired by the present owner from the above


Ralph C. Altman Memorial Exhibition, The Museum and Laboratories of Ethnic Arts and Technology, (The Fowler Museum), University of California, Los Angeles, 1968

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, March 21-October 20, 1985


Robert Bruce Inverarity, Art of the Northwest Coast, University of California Press, Berkeley, 1950, pl. 67

Symbols of Prestige in Native American Indian Art of the Northwest Coast, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Ethnic Arts Series, no. 3, p. 15, Cat. no. 37

Catalogue Note

This mask was identified by Herbert M. Cole, the organizer of the exhibition Symbols of Prestige in Native American Art of the Northwest Coast as a "Hawk-Man" mask. Two related examples are featured in Allen Wardwell, Native Visions, Monticelli Press, New York, 1996, p. 159, nos. 185 and 186 and are in the Museum fur Volkerkunde, Basel and National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC respectively.