Wolf Mask

Wolf Mask

Reproduction. Wooden wolf mask - carved and painted. Mouth opens revealing a frog inside. Interior is natural wood color. Lips & nostrils are red. Face is turquoise blue. Eyebrows, top of head and outline of ears are black. Full set of teeth painted white. Eyes are natural outlined in black with black and white pupils. Lower edge of jaws - outlined in black scallops. Human hair tassels adorn the tops of each ear. Frog is painted with the same colors. Mask hangs on a wall surface from a twisted wire which stretches across the back.
  • Object: Wolf Mask
  • Artist: Ivan Otterlifter
  • Circa: 1980's
  • Dimensions: L-13 1/2, W-7 1/2, H-10 1/4"
  • Culture Area: Northwest Coast
  • Cultural Group: Tlingit Style
  • Cultural Context: Masks such as this were worn in the dance dramas of the Northwest Coast. Chiefs inherited and owned the right to wear and perform in such masks, indicating they also controlled the power of the spirit animal represented by the mask.
  • Donor: Balaam, Melinda
  • Catalog #: 97.006