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Nuu-chah-nulth Transformation Mask

Estimate:

120,000 - 180,000 USD

Nuu-chah-nulth Transformation Mask

Nuu-chah-nulth Transformation Mask

Estimate:

120,000 - 180,000 USD

Lot sold:

107,100

USD

Nuu-chah-nulth Transformation Mask


Height: 16 1/8 in (41 cm)

Good condition with some losses to bindings and mechanisms that open and close the mask. Thick crusty paint to the surface, probably painted and re-painted in its original context. The two sides of the crest atop the outer bird element are reinforced with different materials, one with wire, the other with nails and canvas, indicating that the mask was repaired over time. Numerous sets of holes, old nails, screws, and canvas strapping also indicate that the mask was used and reinforced over time in its ritual life. The element at the back with ‘feather’ elements is fragile, partially detached, and with bindings that are unravelling in places. Proper left side of the mask is detached from canvas strapping. String which opens the proper right side of the mask is broken. Fixed to an old base probably dating to the 1960s or earlier; mask is visually complete but remounting is recommended.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Museum of the American Indian-Heye Foundation, New York (inv. no. 20/7615), acquired from an unrecorded source in 1945
Everett Rassiga, New York, acquired from the above by exchange in February 1969
Merton D. Simpson, New York, presumably acquired from the above
Martin and Faith-Dorian Wright, New York, acquired from the above on February 18, 1969