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|Bella Coola, Northwest Coast, Canada|
This mask depicts one of the four carpenters who, according to Bella Coola legend, created the world and all its beings. The four supernatural brothers were created at the beginning of time by the supreme spirit, Ahlkuntam, and given the task of ordering the world. These and other supernatural beings were honored in the Nuxalk Winter Ceremonial, called Kusiut, comparable to the Kwakwaka'wakw Tseyka.
The oldest and most powerful brother was named Yula'timot (He Who Completes Any Task with a Single Smoothing Motion) and is credited with creating fire. The second brother brought rain and was called MaLapa'litsek (He Who Completes Any Task with a Single Stroke of his Adze). The creator of trees, MaL'ape'exoek (He Who Completes Any Task with Two Strokes of his Adze) was the third brother. IL'iLu'lak (He Who Completes Any Task in a Single Day), the fourth brother, created the world.
|Location of Origin: North America|
|Medium/Materials: Carved and painted wood|
|Dimensions: 9 1/4 x 6 1/2 in (23.5 x 16.5 cm)|
|Primary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : Native American Clothing and Antiques|
|Provenance: Private Collection|
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