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SOLD. Cherokee Carved Devil Tribal Mask

Price: $475.00

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Native American / Cherokee / North Carolina
12" long by 7" wide
Circa Mid to Late 20th Century
Hand Carved
Buckeye Wood
Shoe polish (used instead of paint)
Unsigned - Attributed to Allen West Long (b. 1917)

Our in-depth research of this interesting carved wooden mask has led us to give an attribution to Cherokee Artisan Allen West Long.
A very similar mask was sold in March 2010 at Cowan's Auction, please compare the photo to ours. Click Here

For further information regarding the history of the Cherokee masks, and personal information on the artist, you can read an interview with Mr. Long dated March, 1977. To open it in a popup window, please click here.  

Mr. Long explains the various kinds of masks and their function in tribal traditions.  The purpose of this particular kind of devil mask was  to "scare evil or sickness out of  fellow Indians".  He also explains "Booger or Boogie Masks" and their fascinating origin.

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