This Killer Whale Mask is carved in red cedar wood by Jason Hunt from the Kwakiutl or Kwakwaka´wakw Nation.
The Orca or Killer Whale symbolizes family, romance, longevity, harmony, travel, community and protection. He is said to protect those who travel away from home, and to lead them back when the time comes. Orcas will often stay their whole life with the same pod and raise each calf with care.
Find more information about and examples of The Orca/Killer Whale Northwest Coast First Nations symbol.
The mask features 12 large abalone inlays, cedar bark and is 12.5 inches long, close to 49 inches wide and 7 inches deep. The mask was damaged and is artist repaired. The damage is not visible from the front and hardly visible from the back.