This Moon Mask by Kwakwaka'wakw artist Johnathan Henderson is hand-carved in red cedar and painted in red, dark green, black, grey, and white acrylic. The mask features a smaller Moon face mask on the top that is adorned with cedar bark twine and a cedar bark bundle. This mask is attached to the larger Moon Mask below which is also adorned with cedar bark.
The Moon Symbol is the protector and guardian of the earth. Its spirit watches over us and can change our moods.
Find more information about and examples of The Moon Northwest Coast First Nations symbol.
Overall the mask is about 19 inches or 48 cm long without the cedar bark, or about 23 inches or 58 cm with the cedar bark. Overall the mask is about 9 1/2 inches or 24 centimeters wide, and about 14 inches or 36 centimeters deep including the cedar bark. The larger mask measures about 13 inches or 33 cm in length and about 9 1/2 or 24 cm in width, and about 10 inches or about 25 centimeters deep. The smaller mask is about 7 inches or 18 cm wide and 7 inches or 18 cm high without the cedar bark, or 31cm with the cedar bark.
This mask was carved in 1993 and is in good condition with some minor wear.