Ritual Mask
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The Ritual Mask represents the human face with animal features. Used by the Haida tribe of northwest Canada, this ritual mask was collected in 1850. The wooden mask has hinged panels and a set of cords attached so that when they are pulled the panels extend outwards revealing an inner mask. During ritual use, when the cords are pulled, it is believed that the mask will transform the wearer from an eagle to a supernatural being.

This mask was selected to be in the BBC History of the World in 100 Objects project.