|Q: Got this mask from a neighbor who passed away. Was told a few names who it could be from the signature, done a lot of research and can’t confirm an artist nor tribe. Logan, 1224
A: Let’s not give up on this excellent, very original tribal mask from the Northwest Coast of Canada or the US called “Transforming Octopus.” Unfortunately I can’t read the carver’s signature. There are a number of skilled Indian carvers from this area and plenty of collectors from all over who could help us learn more about this mask. I hope some of them make a comment.
Here’s my comment. NWC Indian carvers make some of the best masks in the world. Their technical training is top-notch. The carving and decoration is perfect, but more importantly, the ideas and designs can be breath-taking. Look at this highly abstracted version of an octopus changing colors prior to attacking! A