This Enforcer of Potlatch Systems Mask was hand-carved in 1997 by Kwagiulth artist Charlie Johnson. It has been carved in red cedar, painted in black, green, and red acrylic, and features cedar bark for the hair.
Potlatches are events of great pomp and formality arranged to celebrate the handing down of names, rights and privileges from one generation to the next. These privileges, together with the associated artifacts, are publicly displayed and their transfer committed to the collective memory of the potlatching community.
Another defining feature of the Potlatch is the distribution of valuable objects, such as food, crests, and, more recently, money by the host group to the guests, who include people from other villages and tribes. Acceptance of gifts constitutes validation by the guests that the host group is transferring its inheritance in the approved manner.
This mask measures approximately 10 inches or 25 centimeters wide, 8 inches or 10 centimeters deep, 12 inches or 30 1/2 centimeters high excluding hair, and about 16 inches or 41 centimeters high including the cedar bark hair.
The price includes shipping to the USA and Canada.