transformation mask

A type of painted wooden mask used in ritual dances by Native American people of Alaska and the Northwest Coast. Dancers pulled strings to open the masks, transforming the sculpted image from one animal into another, or from an animal into an ancestor or mythical being. Web resource here.

48.3.408a,bKwakwaka’wakw transformation mask (open position). Cedar, paint and string. Ca. 1900. Portland Art Museum.