( SOLD ) Dogfish Mask
Harry Williams ' Dogfish' Mask
Beautiful, original and signed 7.5 inches long by 6 inch wide cedar wood carved mask with his depiction of ''Dogfish'' in the style of the Huu-Ay-Aht which is part of the Nuu-Chah-Nulth nation .
This beautiful red cedar wood mask is adorned with a wire strap for the purpose of ceremonial presentation signed by Harry Williams. The Nuu-chah-nulth peoples of Western Vancouver Island feared giant, malicious shark monsters who lived in deep holes under cliffs and liked to eat canoes. Named "Dogfish Mothers", they were likely inspired by the great white sharks that sometimes hunt Sea Lions in B.C.'s waters.
Harry Williams lives on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. He was a member of the Ditidaht Tribe but is now part of the Huu-ay-aht Tribe, both part of the Nuu-Chah-Nulth First Nations.
He has been carving since 2003. His carvings consist of various items such as masks, totem poles and plaques. He prefers to use paint and varnish on his pieces.
He was taught by Dave Nahant, Derald Scoular and Mark Mickey, who are all prominent carvers.