Next Up at Peabody: Haida Masks and Dolls Made for the Souvenir Market

Haida Mask Peabody Museum

In the 1820s American and British traders traveled to the Northwest Coast to procure sea otter pelts for the Chinese market. A secondary trade in ethnographic artifacts developed and Northwest Coast Indian artists created pieces specifically for sale to foreigners. Among the most extraordinary are a series of portrait masks and dolls made by a Haida master carver; two of each are in the collection of the Peabody Museum. Associate of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Mary Malloy will introduce eleven masks and four dolls made by the same hand and depicting the same high-ranking Haida woman wearing a prominent labret in her lip. A lecture is a bonus, especially on a niche topic like this. One will be offered October 11 at the Geological Lecture Hall (24 Oxford St., Cambridge) at 6:00 p.m.

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