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Representation of a sun mask. Painted three-dimensional carved bird/human head in white with black eyebrows, circle around eye, red nostrils and scalloped row across cheeks. Mounted on a flat round backboard, also painted white, with four painted rays in black, two with oval shapes and two with U-shape elements in green, and oval in red. Four ray-like projections at each corner, with round red ends. Metal wire and eye hooks on back.

Iconographic Meaning

Si’santła’yi, the sun, descended to the earth in the shape of a bird, then changed into a man and built a house at Yikaman. In the winter dance the Si’santła’yi [sun clans] use the mask Tłisalagamł, the sun mask. (Information from “Indian Legends of the North Pacific Coast of America,” by Franz Boas.)

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