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Spirit Faces: Contemporary Masks of the Northwest Coast (SIGNED)

Wyatt, Gary

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ISBN 10: 1550541455 / ISBN 13: 9781550541458
Published by Douglas & McIntyre, Vancouver, 1994
Condition: Fine Soft cover
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SIGNED and inscribed on title page by Gary Wyatt. Numerous full page color plates. ; Tight, clean and crisp. No remainder mark. Not ex-library. An excellent copy. ; Large 8vo; 135 pages; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 12926

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Title: Spirit Faces: Contemporary Masks of the ...

Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre, Vancouver

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition; Second Printing (1995).

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These breathtakingly beautiful and powerful masks depict creatures (such as Eagle or Killer Whale), natural elements and forces (such as Moon or Weather), humans, and supernatural beings (such as Thunderbird or the Chief of the Undersea). Masks are an important part of ceremonlal life on the Northwest Coast; they make the supernatural world visible and bring it to life in dance dramas performed at feasts and potlatches, or at winter ceremonies held by secret societies. Some masks embody mythology or history. Others depict shamanic experiences, or are portrait masks that represent personal experience. The most elaborate are transformation masks, which are used to display the transition from one form to another, such as Wolf to Human. At the high point of the dance, the dancer will open the outer mask to reveal another one inside.

The introduction by Gary Wyatt outlines the place of art inside Northwest Coast societies and the place of Northwest Coast art in the outside art world. He also explains the importance, meaning and ceremonial use of masks. Each mask is accompanied by the artist's own words describing its creation and meaning.

About the Author:

Gary Wyatt has been a co-owner of the Spirit Wrestler Gallery in Vancouver since 1995, before which he was curator of the Northwest Coast collection at the Inuit Gallery of Vancouver. His previous books, Spirit Faces and Mythic Beings, were published to critical acclaim.

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