Mask Portraying a Halaytyt

Mask Portraying a Halaytyt

Carved to a scale much larger than life, this sculpture of the head of a halayt was rigged so that its eyes rotated and the clawed headdress twirled on top of the head. The apparatus was evidently used as a prop in some type of dramatic display until about 1840.

Acquired by C.C. Perry, the Indian Agent for the North Coast, pre-1911. It originated from Gwinahaa.