Beau Dick (Kwakwaka’wakw)
Red cedar, acrylic paint and horse hair
16″ x 16″ x 9,5″
Portrait masks are used when a dancer is performing the part of an ancestor. In particular, this mask is worn when telling of the adventure of a boy who falls from heaven or the sky world and into the Undersea Kingdom. In the Undersea world he encounters Kumugwe, the chief of the Undersea who bestows many magical gifts upon him. He returns home, falls from Heaven, with supernatural powers.