Representations of Animals used as decoys

Title: Representations of Animals used as decoys
Description: Representations of Animals used as decoys, including two wood bird masks, a bird rattle, an Alaskan or Siberian bentwood visor, and an Alaskan seal decoy helmet.
Cook wrote: “Whether these masks are worn an an Ornament in their public entertainments, or as some thought, to guard the face against the arrows of the enimy, or as decoys in hunting, I shall not pretend to say; probably on all these occasions.” (Journals III, i, 314-15)
Wash and water-colour.
Date:
April 1778
Author: John Webber
Dimensions:533 x 381
Collection: British Library
Reference no: Add.Ms 15514 f.5
Record no.: 10878 tif

 

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