Russell Tate

Large Pitch Woman Mask

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  • Large Pitch Woman Mask

Russell Tate

Large Pitch Woman Mask

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This Pitch Woman Mask is carved in red cedar by Russell Tate from the Ditidaht First Nation on the southwest coast of Vancouver Island. The mask is painted in dark green and black acrylic and features abalone on the eyes and black hair.  This mask excluding hair is about 10 inches or 25 1/4 centimeters high, 7 1/2 inches or 19 centimeters wide, and about 7 inches or 17 3/4 centimeters deep.

Russell remembers being told about Pitch Woman from his grandmother. She cautioned that children who walked off into the woods alone were at risk of being kidnapped by Pitch Woman, so named because she would put pitch in their eyes before carrying them home in her basket to eat.
The last image shows Russell holding the mask.

 

The price includes shipping to the USA and Canada.